3) Seminar: A one-day seminar will take place as part of the APEC Women and Economy Forum.
For example, there are reports about successful women entrepreneurs who used to live as mothers and housewives but started up their e-commerce based on their previous experiences.
Meanwhile, the 4th industrial revolution has already started, exerting tremendous impacts on businesses and everyday lives in almost all the economies.
In the APEC Women and Economy 2016 Forum Statement, Ministers and Heads of Delegations recommended that APEC economies promote business innovations, for example, innovations based on makerspaces, for women and enhance digital literacy skills of women entrepreneurs.
Outputs: 1) Case study reports: This project will conduct 21 case studies of successful women entrepreneurs in the ICT/smart technology-based industries from each APEC economies and publish case study reports.
For example, ICT skills enable women entrepreneurs and potential women entrepreneurs to access e-commerce and lower their barriers to the global markets, which leads them to become more competitive in global value chains.
Meanwhile, the 4th industrial revolution has exerted more powerful, far-reaching influences not only on businesses but also on everyday lives.One of the five pillars that APEC WEF proposed to support the theme is ‘innovation and technology,’ which is a main theme of this project.Furthermore, this project is in line with the APEC WEF’s recognition of the importance of digital literacy for women’s economic empowerment.Relevance – Rank: This project falls under Rank 1 APEC Funding Criteria as it supports human capital development by compiling success stories of women entrepreneurs in the field of ICT/smart technology-based industry and promoting capacity building through sharing the success stories, good practices, and enabling environments.Also, this project is linked to two Rank 2 APEC Funding Criteria as it promotes Inclusive Growth through women’s economic empowerment and also Innovative Growth through focusing on innovation policy and research to harness new technologies for the future.Thanks to ICTs, women, who, traditionally, take primary responsibilities for child care and household chores and are thus usually confined to their homes, are freed from such constraints and in a better position to engage in ICT-enabled works.This can increase their employment and business opportunities.Integrating gender in agricultural research for development is smart and sensible development as it addresses the needs of both women and men, while recognising and addressing unequal access to resources and decision making.The ACIAR Research Proposal Gender Guidelines are designed to assist researchers to ensure proposals present aims, objectives, research activities, methods, capacity building activities and outputs that can effectively address women’s empowerment and gendered social relations.Against this backdrop, it is necessary to inform APEC women of the current trends of the 4th industrial revolution and success stories of women entrepreneurs in the ICT/smart-technology businesses, so that APEC women can better prepared for changing environments.Given that in the age of 4th industrial revolution, talent is more important than capital in business, this type of information will be greatly useful to women for its potential to cultivate their unexplored talents.