2020 APEC Women and the Economy Forum Holds Virtual Meeting

ByYe Shan October 27, 2020

The 2020 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and the Economy Forum held a virtual meeting on September 30, 2020. More than 100 representatives from APEC's 20 economies, the APEC Secretariat and the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) joined the meeting.

Focused on "which strategies to advance women's economic empowerment should be prioritized by the public and private sectors to broaden and strengthen economic recovery" and "how regional cooperation can best support domestic efforts in this respect," participants exchanged views and experience, made policy suggestions and recommendations, and adopted the 2020 APEC Women and the Economy Forum Statement which will be submitted to the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting.

Huang Shu, Deputy Director-General of the Liaison Department of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), participated and delivered a speech during the high-level policy dialogue section. Huang introduced China's measures to advance economic recovery following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including policies to lift women and women-led enterprises, particularly SMEs and micro-enterprises, out of the economic plight and embark on the path of recovery.

Huang said this year marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women (held in Beijing in 1995) and the fifth anniversary of the Global Leaders' Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment. She proposed that economies should reaffirm the commitment to promote women's advancement, step up poverty reduction efforts for women through innovative development, and enhance cooperation in building a community with a shared future for mankind. Huang's proposal won high praise from participants.

The winner of the APEC Healthy Women Healthy Economies (HWHE) Research Prize was announced on the virtual meeting. Research to prevent cervical cancer conducted by Dr Zhao Fanghui, Director of the Department of Cancer Epidemiology of National Cancer Center and Cancer Hospital of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, won the top prize. Zhao's research was recommended to the prize selection by the ACWF.

 

(Women of China)

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