APEC Groups

Gender Focal Point Network (GFPN)


The Gender Focal Point Network (GFPN) provides a mechanism to integrate gender considerations into APEC activities. It also provides policy advice on gender issues and supports gender equality where relevant to the APEC process.

The core work undertaken by the GFPN includes efforts to: - Assist APEC groups to identify and address gender issues within their work; - Promote and report on women's representation across APEC and within individual groups; - Assess and report on the use of gender criteria in project proposals; - Collect and share good practices in gender integration among APEC groups; - Support the implementation of gender integration within individual groups and across APEC economies; - Facilitate the provision of gender expert advice; - Assist in developing project proposals; and - Propose recommendations on advancing gender integration in APEC.

The GFPN is comprised of focal points that represent APEC economies and groups. The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and the Women Leader's Network (WLN) serve as advisory bodies.

In 1998 APEC Leaders endorsed the recommendations of the First Ministerial Meeting on Women in Makati City, Philippines, and this resulted in the formation of the Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) Ad-Hoc Advisory Group on Gender Integration (AGGI). The AGGI was tasked to assist with the implementation of the "Framework for the Integration of Women in APEC" within APEC groups, and to provide recommendations on gender integration. Its mandate expired in 2002 and Ministers then endorsed the establishment of the GFPN to continue to advance the implementation of the Framework and to sustain the AGGI's achievements in maintaining awareness on gender issues.

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