2019 APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Research Prize Award Ceremony

The Award Ceremony for the 2019 APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Research Prize took place on October 1 in La Serena, Chile, on the margins of the Women & the Economy Forum. Photos from the event can be found here.


Winner of the 2019 APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Research Prize

Dr. Veronica Ramirez (Philippines) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Asia and the Pacific and the Bank of Philippine Islands Professional Chair for Migration and Overseas Filipino Work. She submitted a research article that investigates common health problems of women Overseas Filipino Workers. The study she conducted finds that foreign employers, migrant associations, health agencies, and practitioners all have a role to play to promote the health of Overseas Filipino Workers, and identifies different ways that each stakeholder can contribute. For example, she suggests that the Department of Health should provide treatment and monitor cases of diseases common among women Overseas Filipino Workers, such as HIV, TB, and Hepatitis, and that the Philippine government should improve coordination with foreign employers to ensure proper working conditions for women Overseas Filipino Workers. The health of women Overseas Filipino Workers is particularly salient in the Philippines, where remittances from abroad constitute a significant source of income for Filipinos residing there. But Dr. Ramirez’s research on ensuring the health of overseas workers is also relevant to the APEC economies, as well as economies writ large, since migration is expected to play an increasingly vital role in population growth in the coming decades. A PowerPoint presentation on Dr. Ramirez's research can be found here.


Runners Up for the 2019 APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Research Prize

Ms. Paula Poblete (Chile) submitted a report she completed as Research Director of ComunidadMujer, an organization that promotes gender equality in the fields of education, labor, and politics, and promotes the creation of public and corporate policies for sustainable development. The report contains a longitudinal study that examines gender inequality across three generations of women and men in Chile. Ms. Poblete identifies work-life balance, and its effect on women’s ability to enter and stay in the workforce, as a key issue. Her study recommends the implementation of policies that should encourage women to enter and remain the workforce, such as modernizing the pension fund system by paying men and women equally, irrespective of the difference in life expectancy between men and women. Currently, women receive lower payouts through the pension system due to the fact that women have higher life expectancies than men. A PowerPoint presentation on Ms. Poblete's research can be found here.


Dr. Hong Jiang (China) is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Global Health Institute at Fudan University. The research that she submitted considers whether episiotomy, a surgical procedure to prevent tears during childbirth, should be conducted only if needed or as part of routine management of childbirth. Her research assesses the effects of both policies on mother and child, and concludes that the restrictive use of episiotomy should be advocated, as it leads to fewer women having severe perineal trauma following childbirth. The article has been cited about 100 times since it was published in February 2017, and was used as evidence by the World Health Organization for its recommendations of intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience. A PowerPoint presentation on Dr. Jiang's research can be found here.