Ting Yu Lin
Assistant Research Fellow, Division of International Affairs, TIER
As Chile being the APEC host this year, with the theme “Connecting People, Building the Future,” they emphasize women and inclusive growth as one of four priorities. With gender equity is central to economic and social development in mind, it can be easily predict that equal opportunity for women and men supports economic growth and helps to reduce poverty. APEC thus aims to increase women's empowerment, to help women realize their potential, and to push for regional economic integration. Therefore, APEC has been advocated women’s economic empowerment for a long time. One of the most significant outcomes was the San Francisco Declaration announced in 2011, which was predominantly focused on 5 pillars that would promote woman’s access to finance, education, training, employment, technology, and health systems. In details, the declaration identified
women’s access to financial capital, market access, skills and capacity building, and women's leadership as pillars of a gender mainstreaming approach.