We are pleased to announce that FWN Founder and CEO, Marily Mondejar, was recently selected to join the 2015 APEC Women and the Economy as part of the U.S. Delegation. She will be joining U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Catherine M. Russell, the U.S. Department of State and the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. This year’s APEC Women and the Economy meetings will take place in the Philippines from September 16-18th, 2015. At this year’s forum, the Philippines is highlighting three areas of importance: Women and Inclusive Business; Innovative: Women and the Global Value Chain; and Resilience, Women and Sustainable Development. Marily was nominated to participate as a representative in recognition of her leadership and work in these areas.
The delegation is headed by Ambassador Catherine M. Russell and the Secretary of State's Office of Global Women's Issues to participate in the 2015 APEC Women and the Economy Forum in Manila. Marily is one of 20 delegates comprised of senior officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Labor, Treasury, State and USAID. In addition, the delegation will have a select number of nominated representatives from the private sector and civil society organizations.
APEC Women and the Economy Theme and Priorities
Overview of the Women and the Economy agenda in APEC
What is the women’s agenda in APEC? The entire conversation on this vital program was concretized when, in 1996, the APEC founded the Women Leaders’ Network: an informal, dynamic network that brings together women leaders from all sectors to provide policy recommendations to APEC officials. Through this landmark development, the Action Program of APEC introduced the gender dimension, where leaders put special emphasis on the women’s participation in APEC.
In 1998, the first APEC Ministerial Meeting on Women held in Makati City, Philippines led to the publication of the Framework for the Integration on Women in APEC the following year. It recognized the nature of gender equality as a cross-cutting issue in APEC. The Framework outlines a practical and systematic approach on how to fully integrate women into the mainstream APEC processes and activities.