Increasing economic opportunities of women in the APEC

Increasing economic opportunities of women in the APEC

This study seeks to review the APEC regional agenda of increasing economic
opportunities for women, the potential benefits and attendant issues, both in the Philippine and APEC context. It will discuss ways and means to improve economic opportunities for women within the regional economic integration framework and is aimed to address the goal of sustainability and resilience. It will provide insights, policy guidelines and recommendations as well as formulate possible cooperation mechanisms within APEC framework to improve economic opportunities for women.

To increase women’s economic opportunities, the constraints and bottlenecks in their participation must be addressed by the national economies and in view of the trade liberalization regime, the common challenges must be addressed at the APEC level. Among the common challenges to women entrepreneurs are access to finance, productive resources including entitlement to land and property rights, and information; sustaining and scaling up enterprises; lack social preparation and technical skills for enterprise building, and readiness for global markets; lack of representation in decision making structures; vulnerability and lack of access to health and socio-legal protection and dearth of data for planning and program impact analysis.

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