Clinton speaks at APEC Women and the Economy Summit

Friday, September 30, 2011
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave the keynote address at the Women and the Economy Summit in September as part of the APEC 2011 forum. Leaders will deliver policy recommendations at the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, scheduled for November 12-13, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii."

"Laws, customs, and the values that fuel them all act as roadblocks to full inclusion," Clinton said. "In the United States and in every economy in APEC, millions of women are still sidelined, unable to find a meaningful place for themselves in the formal workforce."

Click here for the transcript , or click for the video of her 16 September speech.

The APEC Women and the Economy Summit was held 13-16 September in San Francisco, USA, during the third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 3).  Delegates from the meeting adopted the San Francisco Declaration after dialogue from the summit, showing awareness of and seeking solutions for issues including access to capital, access to markets, capacity and skills building, and women's leadership.

APEC released a summary of the summit, including video of presentations by Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde and Senior Advisor to the President of the United States and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls Valerie Jarrett.

Further, at the 7th APEC Transportation Ministerial Meeting, also in San Fransisco as part of the SOM 3, ministers discussed ways to encourage women to work in transportation. The full Transportation declaration is available here.

Before the meeting, U.S. State officials discussed the summit. About 60 speakers from all APEC countries presented on various topics. Here is a list of speakers and programs.

According to the summit organisers, "The APEC Women and the Economy Summit is the premier event bringing together senior private and public sector players for a dialogue on fostering women’s economic empowerment among the APEC economies."
Secretary Clinton also delivered remarks at the First Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) for the APEC forum, in Washington. Here is a link to the transcript and to the video from March