Overview: Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) plays a crucial role in inclusiveness. However, MSMEs are often less able to respond to macroeconomic instability and poor infrastructure and suffer from insufficient access to credit and skills. In addition, many MSMEs exist within the informal sector and tend to be dominated by women who sell food or souvenirs with slim profit margins.
Women need better social and economic conditions and unhindered mobility. In order to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women, an intercultural perspective is essential to adequately address the social and political needs of women’s lives. Culture is not only the human endeavor that par excellence produces feelings and imaginaries in society but also reinforces a sense of identity and citizenship. Culture-led development includes a range of non-monetized benefits, such as greater social inclusiveness and resilience, innovation, STEM/ICT, creativity and entrepreneurship for women, and the use of local resources, skills, and knowledge. In the era of change, the emerging creative industry in all its forms brings new opportunities to empower women and enhances their economic and social well-being.
To address these issues, the workshop “Unlocking potential, creating style - APEC GIFTS (Gendered Innovation for Technology and Science) for Women in the creative industry” aims to disseminate ideas and best practices that support talented women in the cultural and creative industry through innovation systems and vocational training, promote relationships between the public and private sectors, and improve the competitiveness of APEC economies through strengthening the entrepreneurial and technical skills of women taking part in economic activities.
Objectives: The workshop is to introduce different aspects of creative industry, gender issues and the available techniques. More precisely, the objectives are:
1) To familiarize participants with the policy on the creative industry and inclusive growth geared to women’s empowerment;
2) To generate insights into the relationships among culture, creativity/innovation, development and gender;
3) To demonstrate good practices/ideas of research to incorporate STEM/ICT and women’s empowerment from around APEC member economies;
4) To encourage the exchange of experience and networking among participants so as to facilitate future cooperation.
1) June-July 2017：Book the venue, develop agenda and confirm the facilitators
2) July-August 2017：Issue invitation to local dignitaries, APEC officials and participants
3) September 2017：Conduct the workshop, collect input from stakeholders and attendees. The half-day workshop is organized around a number of presentations, and discussion will provide the participants with the experience, skills, and ideas as to how to apply them into their own work. It will be structured into few topics, such as cross-cutting issues, gender perspective, entrepreneurship, and strategies.
4) October-December 2017：Develop policy recommendations and submit final report for APEC publication.
1) Increased awareness to existing good practices with related gender issues;
2) Recommendations and guidance for participants and finalize the documentation on good practices of the creative industry in the respective member economies;
3) A synthesis report on successful practices of the workshop;
4) Strategy for dissemination and scaling up the documented good practices of the creative industry and women’s empowerment in Asia-Pacific region.