Thailand’s Minister of Social Development and Human Security Chuti Krairiksh shared with APEC Ministers and high-level representatives from the 21 member economies a statement that reflects the outcomes of the 2022 APEC Women and the Economy Forum, which he chaired on Wednesday.
The statement reflects concerns over the widening gap and rising inequality for women and underlines the urgent need to step up efforts to empower them, promote their meaningful participation in the economy and improve their livelihoods.
It also reiterates commitments to advance gender equality, women’s empowerment and a sustainable and inclusive recovery and call for all APEC members to continue to work towards this goal.
The statement details the strong support of members to advance meaningful actions with consensus in the following areas:
- Accelerating the implementation of the La Serena Roadmap for Women and Inclusive Growth (2019-2030)
- Recognizing that women and girls can develop meaningful, effective and relevant solutions to advance the bio-circular-green economy model
- Bridging the gender digital divide by ensuring equitable access to the internet and in digital skills training
- Removing barriers that prevent women and girls of diverse backgrounds from being fully empowered and from benefitting from recovery opportunities
- Adopting policies to recognize, reduce and equitably redistribute the unpaid care and domestic work carried out by women and girls
- Collecting, analyzing and disseminating sex-disaggregated data, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) training and careers data, to inform decisions, investments and actions
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