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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Senior officials from APEC economies in dialogue with private sector

Bernardo Larraín, the President of the Chilean Federation of Industry (Sofofa); Sandra Guazzotti, the Chair of the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce; and Libby Lyons, the Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, were just a few of the participants in the event, which was held in La Serena as part of APEC Women’s Week.

La Serena, October 3, 2019. In the context of APEC Women’s Week, which is being held in La Serena, Coquimbo Region, well-known figures from the public and private sectors discussed the main barriers faced by women in regard to accessing the workforce and the need to improve their access to leadership and decision-making positions.

“We are in a unique moment in history in which women are playing a leading role in the 21st century. This is not just about fairness, but is to the benefit of everyone. Without women, the economy would not make the leap towards development that we all need,” said Women and Gender Equity Undersecretary Carolina Cuevas.

The APEC Public-Private Dialogue on Women and the Economy focused on how to reduce barriers to women’s integration into the economy and the need to advance shared responsibility in order to prosper in a more just and egalitarian society.

APEC Content Director Krasna Bobenrieth stated, “if we want to generate greater economic growth, the first way to do so is through greater economic participation by women. We have to work with both the public and private sectors, and there must also be a cultural shift.”

The meeting included the presence of noteworthy panelists, such as Chilean Federation of Industry (Sofofa) President Bernardo Larraín; Sandra Guazzotti, the Chair of the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Chile); and Libby Lyons, the Director of Workplace Gender Equality Agency. The Mayor of Providencia, Evelyn Matthei, also attended.

“As a matter of justice, we must address the gaps in labor participation that women face. But this is also an economic opportunity. We will experience 0.75% growth for every 100,000 women who join the workforce,” Bernardo Larraín sai