APEC Women Leaders’ Network (WLN) and the participation of VWU
WLN has member organizations in 21 APEC economies, who join WLN on a voluntary basis and take turn in chairing the network for a year and hosting the WLN meeting in the same year.
The 10 WLN meetings so far have been hosted by the following economies: Phillipines (1996), Canada (1997), Malaysia (1998), New Zealand (1999), Brunei Darussalam (2000), China (2001), Mexico (2002), Thailand (2003), Chile (2004) and Korea (2005). The network is chaired by the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) in 2006.
WLN has 3 main objectives, i.e. to increase gender knowledge in APEC framework; to encourage and support initiatives by APEC economies in increasing women’s participation in APEC processes; to increase awareness on gender issues in ecnomic and technical cooperation and to mainstream gender issues into all APEC policies, programs, projects and activities. Aiming at these objectives, WLN annual meetings focus on enhancing women leaders’ role in supporting women’s economic development and women entrepreneur development and in promoting gender issues in APEC framework during international economic integration by APEC economies. The outputs of WLN meetings, i.e. the Declaration and Recommendation, are to be sent to leaders, ministers and senior officers of APEC economies to call for more comprehensive support and more favorable conditions for women’s economic development activities in the region and for full implementation of gender mainstreaming commitments in APEC, to contribute to the APEC common goal of equitable and sustainable development.
Taking the WLN Chair position since 1 Jan. 2006, VWU is the focal point for the 11th WLN meeting to be held between 28-31 Aug. 2006 in
WLN is a good channel for VWU and Vietnamese women entrepreneurs’ integration, sharing and and learning experiences, developing partnership and contributing to APEC’s common development and wealth. To host successfully the 11th WLN meeting in