APEC and the Philippines Unleashing the Economic Power of Women through Better Health


865 million women in the world have the potential to contribute more fully to their economies. However, health barriers bar them from entering, remaining and rising in the workforce. In view of this, the Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Policy Toolkit is being launched within the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Women and the Economy 2015 Fora (APEC WE) as part of an initiative to unleash the economic power of women through better health. This year’s APEC host, the Philippines, steps forward and serves as a trailblazer by being APEC’s first-ever economy to pilot the Toolkit.

Join us to learn little-known evidence linking women’s health to their economic participation and for the unveiling of the Toolkit, which presents good practices in one user-friendly place. Hear from the Philippines’ Department of Health about their plans to pilot the Toolkit, the U.S. Ambassador at-Large for Global Women’s Issues on U.S. co-championship of this Toolkit with the Philippines, private sector leaders about their inspiring commitments to support “Healthy Women, Healthy Economies”, and the APEC WE Chair about a “whole of government” approach to women’s health and economic participation as demonstrated by cross-fora collaboration among APEC’s Health Working Group, Human Resource Development Working Group and Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy.

Consistent with the Philippine hosting of APEC 2015 with its theme “Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World,” likewise with the APEC WE 2015 theme of “Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Growth,” this event will open our eyes to the importance of addressing health-related barriers to women’s participation in the economic and social mainstream in order to promote and advance inclusive growth in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Who: Distinguished Panelists include:

Nora Terrado, Chair, APEC Women & the Economy 2015 Fora and Undersecretary, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippines
Cathy Russell, U.S. Ambassador at-Large for Global Women’s Issues
Paulyn Jean Ubial, Assistant Secretary, Department of Health, Philippines
Belén Garijo, CEO Merck Healthcare
Doris Magsaysay-Ho, APEC Business Advisory Council Chair
Kenneth Hartigan-Go, Undersecretary, Department of Health, Philippines (Moderator)
What: Media Briefing on APEC and the Philippines unleashing the economic power of women through better health

Learn how women’s health is linked to their economic participation

Be part of the unveiling of the APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Policy Toolkit with good practices in: workplace health and safety; health access and awareness; gender-based violence; sexual and reproductive health; and work/life balance
Hear from the Philippines’ Department of Health about plans to be APEC’s first pilot economy
Find out how the private sector is committing to support “Healthy Women, Healthy Economies”
When: Wednesday, 16 September from 12:00pm to 12:35 pm

Where: Media Center, Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Pasay City, Metro Manila

Registration procedure:

All media representatives wishing to cover the Launch of the Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Policy Toolkit should register online at http://reg.apec2015.ph/media. The information provided should be accurate and complete.

Registration dates:

Start of Online Registration: August 24, 2015

Deadline for online registration: September 11, 2015

Passport and visa requirements:

All foreign / visiting journalists are required to possess a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from time of travel and a temporary visitor’s visa. Upon receiving registration confirmation online, representatives can apply for a temporary visitor’s visa at their economy’s respective Philippine Embassy.

The following must be submitted upon application of a temporary visitor’s visa:

A. Passport
B. APEC Accreditation Confirmation Letter
C. Letter of Assignment

For inquiries and other concerns on media accreditation and coverage arrangements, please contact: mediasupport@apec2015.ph.

To arrange possible sidelines interviews, please contact the Department of Trade and IndustryPhilippines through Ms. Clarisa Cominguez at email DTIAPECWEStratComm@dti.gov.ph, and in the US, Ms. Patty Wu through telephone +1 202 297 4615 or email pwu@crowell.com.