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The Asia Pacific Women’s Information Network Center,
a UNESCO chair organization in Communication Technology for Women at Sookmyung Women’s University,
is an institution, established in November 1996,
that aims to promote gender equality in the digital sphere and improve the digital skills of women in the Asia Pacific region.

We are working toward a world
where women can achieve greater progress and advancement.

Our mission is to empower
ASEAN women with digital capacity

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49 +

Network of Partner Countries

4700 +

Beneficiaries of ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund Project

4000 +

Beneficiaries of UNITWIN Program

If you can change women, then you can change the entire country.

Executive Director's Message

The Asia Pacific Women's Information Network Center (APWINC), a UNESCO chair organization, is an affiliate of Sookmyung Women's University established in 1996 to promote gender equality in the digital sphere and improve the digital capacity of women in South Korea, the Asia Pacific region, and Central America.

Today, the APWINC serves as a leading hub not only in the Asia Pacific region but also globally, conducting international development cooperation projects and research in collaboration with international NGOs, intergovernmental organizations (ASEAN, APEC, ECLAC), and international organizations (UNESCO, UNESCAP, UNDP, IDB, World Bank, WIPO).

The APWINC was officially approved as the executing agency for the “Enhancing Digital Economy Participation for ASEAN Women Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) Project,” or “IDEAS Project,” a five-year project, funded by the ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund (AKCF). This project, which will be funded with a total of 6.7 billion Korean won until 2026, is expected to benefit 14 partner institutions within ASEAN; 255 e-business experts; and 4,002 women who own MSMEs in the ASEAN region.

The APWINC is an implementing institution of UNESCO UNITWIN(University Twinning and Networking), leading knowledge sharing and collaboration among higher education institutions under the theme of women’s empowerment through digital and leadership education. Currently, we are networking with 18 universities in 9 countries and conducting various activities.

The APWINC will continue to play our role as a leading international development cooperation research institute in the global era through research, academic activities, education, and training. We will establish domestic and international networks related to gender empowerment, digital transformation, and capacity building.

We look forward to your continued interest and cooperation.


The APWINC serves as an international cooperation hub in the digital field,
promoting women's empowerment through the formation of networks with 49 countries.

Cooperation Fund Project

Explore projects aimed at enhancing
the ASEAN region's development
and fostering collaboration between Korea and ASEAN.

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The UNESCO UNITWIN (University+Twinning) project is an initiative to build networks to strengthen the capacity of higher education institutions based on knowledge sharing and international cooperation activities.

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