APEC Workshop: Improving Quality Employment Opportunities for Women


The Australian Government, with the endorsement of the APEC Human Resources Development Working Group and with collaboration from the International Labour Organization, is hosting a two-day workshop to discuss strategies aimed at improving quality employment opportunities for women. This workshop follows the 2016 APEC Leaders’ commitment to advance women’s participation in the economy.

Event details


6-7 March 2017


Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Register here

Great progress has been made in supporting women’s participation in the formal economy over recent decades. However, despite evidence of improvement in education outcomes and labour force participation, there remains unmet potential among women in APEC economies.

The two-day program will aim to share approaches which are effective in realising women’s potential as skilled workers and entrepreneurs in APEC economies.

We welcome participants from APEC member economies across government, business and civil society, as well as multilateral organisations, with an interest and expertise in women’s workforce participation.

The Program and Call for Presentations

We are seeking diverse contributions that will highlight a rich knowledge base in:

  • Economy-wide progress and strategies
  • Effective transitions to formality
  • Access to education and training
  • Improving workplace wellbeing
  • Entrepreneurship support
  • Legal and social protections
  • Recruitment and retention strategies
  • Forms and patterns of work

The workshop program will be informed by an APEC economy survey and expressions of interest in making presentations covering the above.

Please contact apecwomen@employment.gov.au if you are interested in making a presentation to the workshop.

A synthesis report will be prepared and workshop materials circulated to registered participants and published on the website before the event. The website will continue to be updated after the event with relevant presentations and papers with scope for an outcome report.

Who should attend?

We invite four participants from each APEC economy, however should you see benefit in inviting additional participants, please contact apecwomen@employment.gov.au.

Representatives of the APEC Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG), Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE) and various APEC fora will be invited.

However, to facilitate a mix of insight and expertise we encourage APEC government officials to extend this invitation to business groups and civil society organisations with an interest in women’s workforce participation.

How do I register as a participant?

The registration website will be open from 9.00am, 7 December 2016 and close, 5.00pm 10 February 2017.

What travel arrangements should I make?

Assistance with booking economy-class flights, accommodation, transfers and a per diem allowance to cover meals (exclusive of the workshop catering) will be made available for up to two participants from each APEC travel-eligible economy. Please contact apecwomen@employment.gov.au for assistance as soon as possible.

If self-supported or attending from a non-travel-eligible economy, you are asked to make your own travel arrangements to attend the workshop.


Accommodation for APEC travel-eligible economies will be made available at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand (conference venue).

Further information regarding alternative accommodation options and other logistical arrangements are provided in the Administrative Circular

Further information

Session Background Note — Improving Gender Equality Employment Opportunities for Women Workshop

UN Women (2016) Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016 

ADB (2015)  Women in the Workforce; an unmet potential in Asia and the Pacific 

ILO (2016) Women at Work; trends 2016 

OECD (2014) Enhancing women’s economic empowerment through entrepreneurship and business leadership in OECD countries 

Investing in Women Initiative

Better Work

This website will be updated regularly with relevant documents and logistical information.