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APEC New Zealand #ChooseToChallenge this International Women's Day

The APEC New Zealand team.

“A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So let's all choose to challenge.”

International Women’s Day

This year, the International Women’s Day theme is #ChooseToChallenge which asks the world in 2021 to choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality, and to choose and seek out and celebrate women’s achievements, so that collectively we can all help create an inclusive world.

Increasing inclusion and sustainability for recovery, is an APEC 2021 policy priority. This priority acknowledges the need for APEC’s long term response to COVID-19 to be sustainable and inclusive of all people. This will enhance the participation of such groups as women and indigenous people in the economy, and ensure that their contributions are valued.

The International Women’s Day campaign, a growing global movement since 1908, asks you to raise your hand to show that you’re in, and to encourage further people to commit to helping forge an inclusive world. 

So, on International Women’s Day for 2021 team APEC New Zealand raised their hands and committed to choosing to challenge barriers to women’s participation in the economy. Access to education, credit, the jobs they choose and equal pay for equal work are just some of the ways women can more fully participate in and benefit from the economy. 

Learn more about the campaign here.