Project Title

Gender Smart Workplaces – Building and Promoting Workplace Health, Safety and Inclusivity to Enhance Women’s Economic Participation and Productivity 

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

PPWE 04 2017A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

PPWE 04 2017A 

Project Title

Gender Smart Workplaces – Building and Promoting Workplace Health, Safety and Inclusivity to Enhance Women’s Economic Participation and Productivity 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: General Fund 

Project Year

2017 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

115,328 

Co-funding Amount

17,800 

Total Project Value

133,128 

Sponsoring Forum

Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE) 

Topics

Gender 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Papua New Guinea 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Canada; Chile; Indonesia; Mexico; New Zealand; Russia; Chinese Taipei; United States; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/10/2017 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2018 

Project Proponent Name 1

Fredrick Tamarua 

Job Title 1

Papua New Guinea SCE / PPWE Focal Point 

Organization 1

Papua New Guinea SOM Chair's Office 

Postal Address 1

P O Box 639, Waigani, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea 

Telephone 1

675-3012876 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

Fredrick.Taarua@justice.gov.pg; ftamarua@gmail.com 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Fredrick Tamarua 

Project Summary

This project seeks to promote healthy and safer workplaces for women. It is a targeted project which will contribute to the overall gender inclusivity agenda in APEC. Under this proposed project, a two-day workshop will be held on the margins of PPWE1 in 2018 where APEC economies and experts will be invited to share best practices and experiences in developing and implementing gender smart policies and practices, and promoting gender inclusive culture in the workplace. Based on a preliminary desktop study, literature review, pre-workshop survey, and discussions at the workshop, a Gender Smart Workplace Prototype and a Compendium on Best Practices will be developed. The Prototype will take into full account the development levels of economies and the varying types of workplaces, hence will be based on well-established principles, and evidenced by best practices of economies and standards applied by the relevant international organizations. Economies will not be compelled to adopt the prototype, but may use it as a benchmarking tool on a voluntary basis.

Relevance

The United Nations reports that barriers on women’s economic participation across the Asia-Pacific Region cost the region’s economy an estimated US$89 billion annually. Whilst there have been efforts globally in trying to improve employment conditions and promote women’s economic empowerment generally, women continue to face barriers in trying to better participate in economic activity. These barriers take various forms, and include but are not limited to, the lack of gender sensitized work place regulations, policies, systems, practices, culture and physical environment. Conversations at the planned workshop and other project activities will be aimed at identifying barriers and collectively looking for ways to mitigate and/or respond to these barriers. 

APEC promotes inclusive growth, with an added focus on the notion of gender inclusivity in all areas of economic growth and development. This project seeks to add value to the conversation and efforts in APEC, particularly under the Healthy Women, Healthy Economy (HWHE) initiative on workplace health and safety. Economies are expected to gain an added appreciation of the economic value in boosting the productivity of women by creating more opportunities and conducive environments for women to fully participate in the workplace. The project will take into full account, the varying levels of economic development in APEC economies and the sector specific challenges in implementing gender smart workplaces. The project also seeks to attract male champions in promoting gender inclusivity in the workplace to share challenges and opportunities, and to discuss the critical role that they play in the development and implementation of Gender Smart Workplaces. 

This is a Rank 1 project as it relates to human development. It seeks to promote economic development and participation of women through fostering safer, healthier and more inclusive workplaces. It also falls under Rank 2 because it seeks to promote Inclusive Growth. It progresses work being done in APEC on women and the economy. It also contributes to the discussion on Innovative Growth because it looks to help member economies share and discover innovative ways of making the workplace more conducive for women.

Objectives

The key objectives of the project are as follows: 

1) To raise awareness amongst APEC economies on the economic impact that Gender Smart Workplace policy and initiatives may have if effectively pursued, and to raise the profile of the issue. The project will also provide a platform for comprehensive exchanges on challenges and barriers in implementing gender smart workplaces, and effective responses to these challenges. 

2) To develop a compendium of best practices and successful initiatives that developed and developing APEC members have in place or are pursuing to realize and implement gender smart workplaces.

3) Through the development of a Gender-Smart Workplace prototype, APEC can seek to collectively draw key components and elements of Gender Smart Workplaces based on best practices of APEC member economies and internationally recognized practices that have been developed by international bodies identified under the section on linkages.

Alignment

APEC continues to emphasize the importance of promoting inclusive growth (APEC Leaders’ Growth Strategy), and since 2011, the discussions on women economic empowerment have intensified. APEC leaders in 2016 reiterated women’s important contribution to economic and social development and committed to strengthen efforts to support the mainstreaming of gender equality and women empowerment across APEC. The project seeks to add value to ongoing discussions and initiatives through a targeted project with objectives identified above. 

This project is aligned to the overall vision of the PPWE as captured under the PPWE Strategic Plan 2015-2018, and its mission statement to “mainstream, elevate, and integrate gender responsive policies and programs focused on women’s economic empowerment into APEC activities to advance gender equality”. More specifically, it aligns with other key initiatives of the PPWE, through the healthy women, healthy economy initiative.

TILF/ASF Justification

Efforts to advance gender equality and promote women’s economic empowerment do not come without challenges. These challenges are experienced in both developed and developing economies, however may vary in different contexts. Many of the challenges faced by women in the workplace in developing economies can also be associated with broader economic and social issues that impact on development such as poverty, financial constraints, good governance and so forth. The challenges in promoting women’s economic empowerment become compounded in the workplace where resources are limited. This project will look at challenges faced by developing economies and draw on experts and speakers who have vast experiences in dealing with gender and development. Experts will be drawn from UN Women, World Bank, International Labour Organization and member economies. Developing economies will also be invited to share experiences and best practices in promoting women’s economic empowerment in developing economies and to explore ways in which some of these challenges may be approached.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The project will do the following: 

a)   Build off the existing work that APEC has done to promote workplace health and safety for women, and other efforts in promoting economic inclusion in the workplace, including but not limited to efforts under the Healthy Women, Healthy Economy initiative. 

b)   Conduct a desktop study, and pre-workshop survey for the relevant gender coordination agencies, labour agencies and private institutions, on best practices and internationally recognized standards and practices relating to workplace health and safety generally, with an added focus on issues facing women in the workplace. The desktop study will be to gather information on potential best practices and gender smart policies that can be discussed the workshop and incorporated as elements of the prototype. 

c)   Run a two day workshop to share best practices and experiences in both the private and public sectors. The Workshop will draw on experts to discuss barriers faced by women in the workplace, and challenges that continue to impede the building of conducive working environments for women. The workshop is also intended to get both experts and representatives from APEC economies to share effective responses and measures taken to address barriers and challenges globally and in their respective economies. 

d)   Based on the discussions and outcomes of the workshop and other project activities, a Compendium on best practices of APEC economies will be developed which highlights specific initiatives, efforts and measures applied in member economies that have had and continue to have an impact on improving working environments for women. The compendium will look to feature at least one initiative per economy and will be submitted on a voluntary basis. 

e)   Develop the APEC Gender Smart Workplace Prototype that draws from well-established principles, internationally accepted practices, and may include common best practices of economies, to give member economies a referencing tool in which efforts in developing and enhancing workplaces to make them more gender-sensitive can be voluntarily self-assessed. The prototype will highlight collectively agreed upon principles and best practices, and will serve more as a check-list/benchmarking tool. 

f)   A video will be produced about the workshop, and contain participants and experts views on the issue, as well as feature three (at the most) success stories on the implementation and benefits of gender smart workplaces in member economies. 

g)  A follow-up survey in 2019, to track progress on work that members may have undertaken post workshop. 

Outcomes:  The project takes into account the work that has been done in APEC on gender inclusion, particularly on workplace health and safety. It is intended for the workshop to draw specific focus to the importance of the issue and to create a better understanding of the economic and social nexus. This project will kick start a specific conversation on the subject from which further discussions may ensue. 

Project activities such as the desktop study and literature review will also provide the necessary data on matters relevant to the notion of gender smart workplaces. It will also pull together information on ongoing initiatives and efforts regionally and globally, and draw together work being progressed in various international forums. Information and data collated from this project will allow APEC to consider future work in this area. 

The hosting of the workshop will provide a platform for exchanges and the sharing of information on this important topic. It will create a sense of awareness for government officials, private sector representative and non-governmental organizations on the economic impacts that gender smart policies and practices can have, and the correlation between such efforts and productivity and other socio-economic factors. The workshop will also provide an opportunity for policymakers and businesses to inform themselves of important considerations and good practices within region which may be adapted at the domestic level and in specific organizations. 

The prototype will allow decision makers within APEC economies to benchmark efforts and current practices within their organizations against agreed elements, standards and best practices from within the region and globally. The prototype may be used as a checklist to see whether key elements of a gender smart workplace are sufficiently incorporated into organizational practices, policies etc. 

Exchanges between the private sector and policy makers will be useful in identifying deficiencies in current systems, and to look at future areas for cooperation. This will ensure the much needed business/private sector participation input into the conversation.

Beneficiaries:

1)  Government officials and policy makers with sufficient level of seniority to influence policy and regulation from APEC member economies will benefit greatly from this project. Government officials from Labour, Gender, Industry agencies. Participants from the government are expected to be from organizations responsible for gender policy development and/or workplace health, safety and inclusion matters. The participants themselves should be directly involved in policy/regulation development or enforcement. Being privy to the information exchanged will allow for participants to be aware of ongoing initiatives and innovation in the area and relevant information and data that will allow them to better carry out their work.

2)  Government and government agencies will benefit from the project through better policies regulating workplace environment and promoting gender inclusion. Increased levels of productivity of women in the workplace associated with better policies and more conducive environments will contribute to a productive workforce, government efficiency, and economic growth.

3)  Businesses shall benefit from the outcomes of the project through learning effective ways to improve working conditions and environments to get the best out of women employees, and building cultures of inclusion. Women in turn can contribute more meaningfully if barriers that affect their full participation are kept to a minimum. Improved performance of women employees can have a positive impact on business performance. 

4)  Women in general will benefit from this project through workplace conditions and environments which are gender inclusive and responsive to their needs. Ideally, a gender smart workplace takes into account social and family obligations of women and tailors workplace policies and operations that are conducive for employees and in turn beneficial to businesses. Whilst there is focus on women in formal employment, this project will be an impetus for future work in APEC addressing conditions of women in less formal employment and the informal sector.

5) There are underlying economic benefits that are derived from increased participation and productivity of women in economic activities. It contributes to reduced levels of poverty and associated socio-economic issues such as gender-based violence (GBV) in the workplaces, or GBV incidences that contribute to poor performance of women in the workplace. Greater economic participation of women positively impacts economic growth, and has been proven to have a greater impact on families and their disposable income.

Dissemination

The compendium and prototype will be distributed electronically and made available as links on the PPWE page on the APEC website. Publications will be developed in compliance with APEC publication requirements. Copies will also be distributed to PPWE members to further distribute amongst target groups such as key government agencies, businesses who intend to implement or are interested in rolling out gender smart workplace plans. Links on the PPWE page will also be made available to the public to access material. 

Other workshop material (presentations) will be made available to participants and presenters via email or other electronic means (thumb-drives), and will also be shared via Dropbox. All material developed as part of this project will ensure compliance with APEC Publication Guidelines, including nomenclature rules.

None of the material developed under this project will be made available for sale.

Gender

This is clear-cut gender project with objectives and output which are intended to benefit women. All material developed seek to promote the idea of women’s economic empowerment, specifically gender inclusive, safe and healthy workplaces. The focus of the conversations to be had at the workshop and research to be conducted are all geared towards advancing the position of women in the workplace. A balance in male and female representation at the workshop will be sought (50 percent male participation). This is particularly important for this project, because the tendency if for economies to nominate women to attend this projects focused on women empowerment or gender related topics. Male participation will be strongly encouraged. 

A component of the workshop will be dedicated to discussions on gender sensitization and how male champions can be encouraged in government and private sector circles to drive the subject matter. The project recognizes that women’s economic empowerment is not solely a women’s issue, and if it is truly and fully to be realized, both men and women need to be part of the conversation.

Work Plan

Time Frame

Activity

Output

Sep – Oct 2017

Project Development

Endorsed Project Proposal

Nov – Dec 2017

Project Planning

Develop list of action items and checklist

Dec 2017 – Feb 2018

Desktop study and literature review

Complete Report on Preliminary Studies

Dec 2017 – Jan 2018

Develop administrative circular

Draft Administrative Circular

Jan 2018

Develop Pre-workshop questionnaire

Draft Questionnaire

Jan – Feb 2018

Develop Draft Agenda

Draft Agenda

Jan – Feb 2018

Invite Workshop Speakers

Confirmed List of speakers against agenda

Feb 2018

Distribute Pre-Workshop Questionnaire

Consolidated Matrix of Questionnaire responses

Feb 2018

Develop draft prototype and outline of compendium

Skeleton of Prototype and Outline of prototype

Mar 2018

Distribute Administrative Circular and invite participants

Confirmed List of Participants

May 2018

Host Workshop

Workshop

Jun 2018

Develop Workshop Video and reflections of the event and the topics discussed.

Video to be shared at succeeding PPWE events

Jun 2018

Compile Workshop Report

Workshop Report

Jun – Jul 2018

Develop Final Draft of Prototype and Compendium

Near final draft of Prototype and Compendium

Aug 2018

Distribute Prototype and Compendium for PPWE members comments

Aug 2018

Finalize Prototype and Compendium

Final version of Prototype and Compendium

Sep 2018

Endorse Prototype and Compendium at PPWE 2 in 2018

Endorsed Prototype and Compendium

Nov 2018

Follow up survey

Consolidated responses

Dec 2018

Completion Report

Completion Report

Risks

Risk

Mitigation Measure

Attendance at Workshop

To ensure maximum participation at the workshop, invitations and the administrative circular will be distributed in advance giving sufficient time for domestic approval processes in submitting nominations. PPWE contacts will also be utilized to ensure attendance of relevant representatives. Given that the project was broadly supported by  PPWE members, co-sponsors will be called on to ensure that participants from their respective economies attend.  

Participation in Project Activities

Apart from Workshop attendance, participation in project activities such as questionnaires and providing information on best practices may be a challenge. Requests for responses to the questionnaire and input into project activities will be done in advance to allow sufficient time for follow up activities.

Time constraints

Time constraints in delivering project output - To ensure that activities are not affected, the Timing allocated to each action item have been inflated to allow additional time beyond what may actually be needed.

Availability of Experts

Experts will be approached in advance, and secured within the first quarter of 2018. Certain experts have been approached and have indicated interested in providing input and delivering presentations at the workshop.

Endorsement of Prototype

Given that the prototype will be a fusion of best practices and international standards, members may raise issue on some of the elements included in the prototype. Sufficient time has been allocated to ensure that doubts or concerns of economies can be dealt with well before the planned endorsement date.

Funding constraints

The main funding concerns is for travel and travel related expenses of speakers and participants, any additional expenses which fall outside of the APEC budget will be covered by a miscellaneous component that has been built into self-funding for this project.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The aim is attract 100 participants from two-thirds of APEC member economies (14 economies) at the least. Success in ensuring this will be measured against the recorded number of participants at the event, including information on gender distribution, sector representation and the number of APEC member economies present. 

Progress at each stage of the project (as seen against the workplan above) will be based on the delivery of the expected output at each stage. Progress will also be assessed against the adherence to set timelines. 

Apart from collecting standard quantifiable indicators in a post-workshop survey such as number of participants and economies present, specific focus will be placed on how much of the project output (prototype, compendium etc) will be used to improve workplaces to promote the objectives of the project. Through voluntary benchmarking, economies will be able to assess how much of the good principles in the prototype are being carried out, and make an assessment of what more can be done. Reports on this may be channeled through the PPWE and monitored.  A short video will be developed to obtain views of participants and experts on workshop topics and the importance of the discussions in promoting gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. It is intended that the video be presented to PPWE as part of the project report. 

Use and relevance of the prototype and compendium can be monitored through the PPWE, including the sharing of success stories. A discussion on work to further the output and objectives of this project and contained under the section on sustainability.

Linkages

This project adds value to the work under the HWHE initiative. The workshop will focus on the pillar of workplace health and safety, and discussions and sharing of best practices and experiences will be specific to this aspect. Results of past projects on related matter will also be taken into account. The project will also draw on work being done under the HRDWG on occupational health and safety. Strong collaboration during project design and implementation will be sought from HRDWG and HWG. Broader input will be welcomed from international organizations such as the ILO, UN Women, OECD and the World Bank. This project may act as a precursor to future initiatives addressing similar issues in informal sector workplaces and sector-specific workplaces.

Sustainability

As discussed above, the Workshop is intended to be a stepping stone for future work on matters relating to gender specific issues affecting women in the workplace and employment, and other barriers impacting the productivity of women apart from issues covered under this project on health and safety. Further work will be pursued to address issues affecting women in informal employment including potential studies and data collection on health and safety issues of women outside unregulated formal employment; and discussions on workplace health and safety which are specific to sectors e.g. tourism, mining etc.. This may be subject to future APEC projects or through collaboration with other relevant forums conducting work in these specific areas. 

To ensure that awareness of the issue of Gender Inclusion in the workplace takes place broadly, a short video will be developed on the issue where views of experts and selected persons from APEC member economies will be compiled to bring out the importance of the issue (workshop footage and interviews of participants may also be used with the necessary consent). The video will be made available online and shared with PPWE members. Because the event will take place on the margins of the SOM, media (including social media such on the PNG APEC Facebook page) coverage will be encouraged. In the future it is also hoped that success stories of recognized gender smart workplaces can be published and shared across APEC members. 

Tracking of the usefulness of the prototype and the compendium will be done through surveys which will be distributed 6 months after the workshop for participants to indicate work that may have taken place post-workshop and what else can be done in the future. Results of this will be shared with PPWE members to allow for future capacity building activities on the subject matter.

Project Overseers

The project overseer who will see through the implementation of this project is Mr. Fredrick Tamarua, PNG SCE and PPWE Focal Point – PNG SOM Chair’s Office. P. O Box 639, WAIGANI, National Capital District. Fredrick is a Principal Legal Officer with the Office of the State Solicitor (International Law Division) as is responsible for coordinating state implementation and reporting on international treaties, including human rights instruments (CEDAW) and International Labour Organization standards. He is also PNG’s representative to the PPWE and the Gender Focal Point for the Department of Justice to the PNG Government implementation committee on the Gender Equity and Social Inclusion Policy. Alternative persons that will be involved and may be contacted include Ms. Hera Kevau, Director (SCE), PNG APEC Secretariat – hkevaujohn@gmail.com.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Consultancy fees will be paid through self-funding. Initial allocation of funds for consultancy fees will be directed to travel costs for APEC funded participants.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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