Resources:3/SOMII/GFPN/016;Agenda Item:6&7 http://www.apec.org/apec/documents_reports/gender_focal_point_network/2003.html
Introduction of GFPN
The Gender Focal Network acts as an institutional mechanism form reporting to SOM on APEC gender activities and outcomes. The broad goal of the GFPN will be to provide linkages between APEC Fora, APEC economies and the APEC Secretariat to advance the economic interests of women in the APEC region for the benefit of all economies. The GFPN will comprise Fora Gender Focal Points and Economy Gender Focal Points, assisted by an APEC Gender Integration Program Director.
The GFPN will meet not less than once annually. A Chair of the GFPN should also be appointed annually, ideally from the host economy. The GFPN will provide regular reports to SOM and other reports as appropriate. The annual report of the GFPN will be provided to SOM, and through SOM to Ministers and Leaders.
A . The components of the GFPN and their relationship are represented schematically in the Diagram attached. They are:
I. Fora Gender Focal Points
All Fora Gender Focal Points will be responsible to:
• promote and facilitate the implementation of the Framework within the work of their fora;
• encourage the fora to consider gender issues in all work, and to identify issues affection women’s participation and advancement in and though the work of the fora;
• act as an information cannel between the fora and the GFPN, particularly with regard to Annual Meeting and Reports, and will act as a key player in incorporating gender initiatives and identifying specific projects for the for a work plan for the year;
• work collaboratively with Economy Focal Points and the Gender Integration Program Director to:
- access expert advice to facilitate the development and implementation of gender related projects by APEC fora;
- identify and develop, with the assistant of the Gender Integration Program Director, expert gender advice and gender resources and tools relevant to the work of APEC and fora;
- contribute to and assist with the preparation of the annual report of the GFPN on gender integration and Implementation of the Framework for Senior Officials and their report to Ministers and Leaders
- to prepare for Sectoral Ministerial Meetings as appropriate.
• participate in the annual meeting of the GFPN to contribute to the identification of gender issues for APEC consideration;
Fora Gender Focal Points will be assisted in their responsibilities by:
● their Economy Gender Focal point to ensure access to gender expert advice relevant to the work of their fora ( refer II );
● the APEC Gender Integration Program Director ( refer III);
● the APEC Resources Kit;
● the APEC Women Experts Register1
II. Economy Gender Focal Points
Economy Gender Focal Points will be Gender Experts at the economy level
( generally the economy women’s machinery ). They will facilitate and advise on the implementation of the Framework at the economy level and to provide assistance to their economy representatives in APEC Fora. Economy Gender Focal Points will;
● promote and facilitate the implementation of the Framework within their
economy report on its progress.
● support all Fora Gender Points who are from their economy, and others as appropriate, to consider gender issues in the work of their respective fora, and to identify issues affecting women’s participation and advancement in and through the work of the fora;
● work collaboratively with Fora Focal Points and the Gender Integration Program Director to:
Provide expert advice as appropriate to facilitate the development and implementation of Gender related projects by APEC fora;
Support the Gender Integration Program Director by providing gender expert advice and contributing to the further development of gender resources and tools;
Contribute to and assist with the preparation of the annual report of the GFPN on gender integration and the Implementation of the Framework for Senior Officials and their report to Ministers and Leaders
To prepare for Sectoral Ministerial Meetings as appropriate.
● participate in the annual meeting of the GFPN to contribute to identification of gender issues for APEC consideration.
Economy Gender Focal Points will:
● maintain regular contact with other participants in the GFPN;
● nominate economy based women experts for the APEC Register of Women Experts;
● contribute to the maintenance and development of APEC gender tools and resources.
III Gender Integration Program Director
This role is essential to sustain gender integration across APEC. The Program Director will be a professional staff member appointed from within the APEC Secretariat with responsibility to:
• support and coordinate the activities of the GNPN, including coordinating the annual meetings and assisting with Ministerial Meetings on Women;
• provide information and advice to APEC fora at the start and end of each year to help ensure that all fara appoint a gender focal point;
• provide information and advice on gender integration to for a focal points throughout the year to encourage them to incorporate gender into their work program, including information about gender resources;
• work with Economy Gender Focal Points to ensure access to gender expert advice relevant to the work of individual fora;
• assist the GFPN with:
regular reports of the GFPN integration as a standing agenda item in each SOM;
the annual report of the GFPN on gender integration and the Implementation of the framework for Senior Officials and their report to Ministers and Leaders;
• prepare an annual newsletter and other materials on gender activities in APEC.
• maintain current and future APEC gender tools and resiources including the:
Gender Criteria for project development and consideration;
Gender Resources Kit;
Gender Best Practice booklet;
Gender Webpage on the APEC Website;
Register of Women Expert.
The Gender Integration Program Directors should have had an introduction to gender issues or have access to training in gender issues.
Maintenance and upgrade of gender resources for APEC fora will require financial resourcing from within the APEC budget on an occasional and as needed basis.
B. CIVIL SOCIETY PARTICIPATION AND THE GFPN
Women Leaders’ Network (WLN)
The Women Leaders’ Network, (WLN), is an informal network of women in business, government, academe and civil society from the 21 APEC member economies. The origins of work on gender in APEC began with the inaugural WLN conference in 1996 in the Philippines followed by an annual conference in every subsequent year supported by APEC host economies. The WLN operates through economy “ focal points”. WLN meeting recommendations provide civil society input to the work of APEC and have contributed to the development of gender integration as a cross-cutting issue within APEC.
WLN (Economy) Focal Points
Women Leaders’ Network focal points at economy level will be available to
- work with Economy Gender Focal Points to help promote and facilitate the implementation of the Framework at the economy level;
- collaborate with Fora Gender Focal Points and Gender Integration Program Director to advance the gender integration work in APEC;
- promote and facilitate the economic opportunities of women within the APEC region;
- contribute to the annual meetings of the GFPN where appropriate; and
- nominate experts to the APEC Women Experts Register.
APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC)
The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) is the private sector arm of APEC, and comprises three business leaders from each APEC economy appointed by their respective Leaders, with one member representing small and medium enterprises. ABAC is a permanent forum established to advise Leaders and other APEC officials on issues of interests to business, and to respond to requests from various APEC fora for information about business Perspective on specific areas of cooperation. ABAC’s reports to Economic Leaders have provided recommendations on solving problems faced by business as well as advice on improving Ecotech activities.
ABAC has a role to play to ensure that gender issues are integral to all APEC activities and policy formulation processes. ABAC currently has women members and continued participation of women in ABAC and interaction between the ABAC and WLN will contribute to the implementation of the Framework throughout APEC.