APEC Women is the virtual meeting place for women — entrepreneurs & businesswomen, academics & researchers, activists & idealists, scientists & technologists, students, homemakers, professionals — who have an interest in social and economic development in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region.
The need for such a meeting place became evident to me while attending the Digital Economy Forum for Women (DEW) and APEC Women Leaders Network (WLN) meeting in June, 2007. The annual cycle of both DEW and WLN meeting means that there is no natural momentum to strengthen connections established at these meetings. Complementary online tools immediately came to mind to enable participants to these meetings to engage with each other — before, during and after these meetings.
APEC Women was initially conceived in this context. But then why stop there? There are many women in the APEC economies who are unable to make it to DEW and WLN for one reason or another. And what about women in non-APEC economies within our region? Why not aim higher? And so I have ….. APEC Women aims to become the go-to site for women who are involved or want to be involved in various aspects of social and economic development in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region.