The Cost of APEC to Women: Rising Poverty, Inequality and Exploitation and Commodification of Marginalized Women and their Poor Communities

The Philippines hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Meeting on November 17-20, 2015. A founding member, the Philippines has consistently followed APEC’s neoliberal, market-driven and corporate-led framework of economic development. Policies of liberalisation, privatisation and deregulation meant to promote an Asia-Pacific regional economic integration continue to exacerbate economic, gender and social, and environmental …