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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

APEC welcomes submissions for the 2019 “Healthy Women, Healthy Economies” Prize

The contest is part of the line of work of one of the four priorities that Chile has proposed to work during this year: Women, SMEs and Inclusive Growth.

Do you have a research project that aims to improve women’s health and economic wellbeing? If you answered yes, this is your chance to submit your work for consideration for the APEC ‘Healthy Women, Healthy Economies’ Research Prize. The goal of the award is to highlight and encourage evidence-based research designed to improve women’s lives and strengthen the regional economy.

The issue of inequality between men and women has been the subject of research by various institutions in an effort to describe the current gender gap.

Data from Chile’s National Statistics Institute (Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas, INE) show that on average women’s monthly salaries are 31.7% lower than those of men and that 31.9% of women who work do so in the informal sector. These data are limited to Chile, but they reflect the situation of women in various APEC economies.

Furthermore, sex-disaggregated data and gender-based research and analysis is still lacking. This information would give policymakers and business leaders the evidence to draw from to identify gender-specific interventions appropriate for their economies and organizations.

In order to decrease this gender gap, “Healthy Women, Healthy Economies,” which was launched in 2014, has increased the visibility of research that has a positive impact on public policy development, improving women’s health through public-private partnerships.

A key result of the competition has been intersectorial collaboration on the guide “The Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Policy Toolkit,” a compendium of issues, actions and implementing elements for improving women’s lives in the areas of workplace health and safety, health access and awareness, sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, and work-life balance.

All research projects that are submitted for this prize must be evidence-based and must address at least one of the topics described above.


Research projects may be submitted by individuals or teams from an APEC economy and need not be academic in origin. The research must be submitted in English and if it was not originally written in English, it must be professionally translated.

The three finalists will have the opportunity to present their research to the members of the APEC Women and the Economy Forum, which will be held in October in La Serena.

The winner of the prize will be announced in November by Chilean President Sebastián Piñera at the APEC Women Leaders Roundtable during the APEC CEO Summit. The winner will receive USD $20,000, while the 2 runners-up will receive USD $5,000 each.

“Healthy Women, Healthy Economies,” which is being developed in partnership with Merck, a leading science and technology company, aligns with one of the four priorities that Chile has proposed for this year: Women, SMEs and Inclusive Growth.

This is one of the many spaces that APEC has developed to increase women’s participation in the economy, promote SMEs, expand job opportunities and reduce the gender gap.

The deadline for submissions is 5 July 2019. Click here to submit your application.