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APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies: A conversation with U.S. HHS on Enhancing Women's Economic Participation by Improving Health

27 Apr 2016
Meeting Date: Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016
Meeting Start Time: 08:00
Meeting End Time: 09:30
Venue: Tokyo American Club
Hall/Room: Manhattan B2Fl

The description below is adapted from ACCJ Event Information.

Description: On April 27 we will welcome Dr. Sarbani Chakraborty, Senior Director, Global Public Policy of Merck, formerly with the World Bank, who is in Tokyo to share the APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies (HWHE) initiative and policy toolkit during the G7 Global Conference of Parliamentarians on Population and Development Toward the 2016 G7 Ise-Shima Summit (GCPPD2016).
Dr. Chakraborty will be joined by Erika Elvander, Director, Asia & the Pacific, Office of Global Affairs, Health & Human Services via video conference to share the initiative and policy toolkit with members of the ACCJ and EBC.

The Asia-Pacific region lags behind other global regions with respect to women's health and economic participation. Sustainable economic growth cannot be achieved if women, who comprise half of the workforce, are unable to fully participate in the economy due to health implications. Startling gender differentials and inequities in health exist which disadvantage women.
As societies age, birth rates drop, and workforces shrink, it is becoming even more critical that every worker is healthy and able to fully contribute to the economy. According to a Booz & Company study cited widely by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), raising the female labor force participation rate to male levels would raise GDP in China and the United States by 5% and in Japan by 9%. And according to International Labour Organization (ILO) data 865 million women worldwide have the potential to contribute more fully to their economies.

So how can we unleash the economic power of women? And how can governments, employers and other interested stakeholders partner to improve women's health so women can live better lives and join - or remain - in the labor force? APEC's "Healthy Women, Healthy Economies" initiative convenes government (health, labor, gender officials), private sector, academia and other interested stakeholders to raise awareness and promote good practices to enhance women's economic participation by improving women's health.
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