APEC Ministers, the APEC Business Advisory Council and other private sector leaders issued a statement at the conclusion of their joint meeting in Lima on Wednesday on facilitating greater women’s economic empowerment and inclusive growth.

The statement reflects the outcomes of the 2016 APEC Women and the Economy Forum chaired by Marcela Huaita, Peru’s Minister of Women and Vulnerable Populations, under the theme “Breaking Barriers to the Economic Integration of Women in the Global Market.”

It describes joint actions to be taken forward by APEC member economies and the private sector in the following priority areas: 

  • Economy care systems: recognizing, reducing and redistributing unpaid care and domestic work for inclusive growth
  • Costs of gender-based violence in the context of economic development
  • Mechanisms for the internationalization of micro, small and medium enterprises led by women
  • Financial and economic literacy and inclusion for access to capital
  • Digital literacy for economic inclusion

 Click to view the 2016 APEC Women and the Economy Forum Statement

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For more:

Minister Huaita discusses policy inroads and next steps for APEC economies and the private sector to break glass ceilings and empower women in the workplace at this link.

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David Hendrickson +65 9137 3886 at drh@apec.org

Michael Chapnick +65 9647 4847 at mc@apec.org

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