APEC Women at Work

APEC women at work brief
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APEC Women at Work

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December 2019

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Economic Committee(EC), Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE)





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This brief specifically examines how laws and regulations limit or enable women to enter, remain, and advance in the formal sector workforce in the APEC region, with an emphasis on access to wage employment and retention. The brief analyzes how employment and pay discrimination, regulatory employment restrictions, occupational standards, and sexual harassment can limit women’s wage employment. It also examines how laws and policies can support working women and working parents to actively thrive and advance in the workplace, and highlights promising approaches and good practices to promote women’s labor force participation from both the public and private sectors. The brief also features strategic recommendations that can be adopted through APEC’s Economic Committee’s (EC) structural reform agenda, as well as at the economy level, to improve women’s labor force participation and accelerate economic growth.

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