How Can APEC Countries Develop the Potential of Women To Contribute to Their Nations' Economies?

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
October 1, 2010
Commuters Cross an Intersection in Tokyo

This week, policymakers and businesswomen from the 21 member states of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation organization (APEC) are discussing how to promote women's entrepreneurship. As a representative from the Office of Global Women's Issues wrote this week, “In a time of ongoing economic uncertainty, one thing is sure: entrepreneurs and small businesses represent critical sources of economic growth and innovation.”

According to a UN report, Asia-Pacific economies are losing an estimated USD 42-46 billion annually due to the lack of women in the workforce. Women's economic under-participation can result from many reasons -- social and logistical barriers such as prejudice, stereotypes, or lack of childcare can reduce their rate of employment; as can legal, educational, and other inequalities; fears of harassment or violence, and more.

How can the APEC countries best develop the untapped potential of women to contribute to their nations' economies?



New Mexico, USA
October 1, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

You could by contrast.., compare "affirmitive action" or the racial integration of schools as a process of taking a segment (in this case of women-50%) of society and giving it a boost in opportunities to realize its potential along side those that have more often enjoyed such opportunity.

For all their controversy, decades later it's really hard to deny these program's worth to the whole of our society.

Voting rights, property ownership, all these are extentions of the universal declaration of human rights in the public arena.

In addition to all this, the women have to get up and stand up, and tell the men to get a grip.


You all may think I'm joking, but look around at what isn't getting done to preserve humanity then come tell me folks have gotten one already if any political pundit would dare...because I doubt if any diplomat will.

I can't suggest how to craft such programs, but in regards to the "1000 days" and those critical years that determine a child's physical and mental development, and the economic repurcussions,...My two girls and their mom benefitted from WIC, a maternal health and nutrition program run by States in the US to do exactly what this global program is being initiated to do. As a dad, I appreciated that folks had that program in place to better aid us as parents to raise them well and healthy.

So there are models to adapt, means of distribution and ownership by states involved in creating this, and it's exchange of knowledge that gives folks a variety of blueprints to draw upon.

The other day some folks from developing countries were in my town talking to folks here about water resource management, sponsored through the dept. of State.

This being one of those perfect examples of creating possibilities for folks.

It comes down to a pretty simple premis...give women the basics and they'll build societies for their children to inherit, along with the menfolk.

South Korea
October 2, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

In Asia, starting in China are expecting a large ripple effect, recognized that there needed each other to wonder whether we need more time.

While the dispute between Japan and China also wishes to become a truce. If the dispute still continues, you will have a disadvantage.

Gerard P.
South Korea
October 4, 2010

Gerard P. in South Korea writes:

Indeed there is still some injustice towards the female population. I would like to see APEC nations lead the world in womans rights, especially in the employment and health care sectors.

A lift in the amount of leave offered to woman who are pregnant with pay.

This can be subsidised by the government or by lowering taxes to companies that set up a healthy and viable plan with regards to woman in it's workforce.

Measures need to be taken into account now, so that we can encourage woman into the work force as well as giving them the stability to know there job is safe if they decide to have a child.

Child care facilities need to be set up in companies that employ 50 persons or more and those companies or businesses that are smaller need some kind of tax incentive from the government if they wish to participate in the scheme.

With APEC nations declining birth rates, we need to ensure that we encourage woman not only into the work force, but also it's ok to plan to have a child, and that the State and businesses won't refuse you work if you want to have a child, more so the later.

Just my thoughts

October 4, 2010

S.S.S. in Japan writes:

apart from Japan, South Korea, general poverty has to be solved first in order to equally let men and women have decent education to learn what the rest of world is like and how their lives can be improved.

Confronting with prejudice against women in business world would take a while. Men need to have a function to give a birth, without that the world between women and men cannot be really truly equal.

Maryland, USA
October 4, 2010

Patrick W. in Maryland writes:

Let's see,Unlocking Women's Potential in APEC countries.

I think you would need and Organization that would helped Women achieve there goals.
That could help give them more opportunitys in the fields that they wanted to pursue.
They could set up programs for Women in different countries that would help women achieve these goals .Depending on their needs from country to country.

Just a Thought :)

October 7, 2010

Amir in Egypt writes:

when thieves icreasing in the world this is mean Population density increases . Person challenging the will of God. no someone can punish him . no law of him .
this is mean Population density increases. What is the counter so the increase in livestock but Livestock will increasing when this person die . so u need to punish this person to icreasing Livestock or wait him till die .


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