Webinar: What needs to change to make trade policy work for gender equality?

Wednesday 13 December, 12:00-13:30 GMT, register here

Trade has the potential to advance gender equality and realise women’s rights, but under the current international trade system, too often we see that this is not the case. With the World Trade Organisation’s Ministerial Conference just around the corner, how does global trade policy need to be overhauled so that it furthers, instead of threatens, gender equality?

Join Oxfam and the Gender & Development Network for an interactive webinar to discuss this critical issue, covering:

  • How current trade policy damages gender equality
  • How trade policy needs to change in order to support gender equality and women’s rights
  • How these recommendations can be incorporated in trade agreements

Participants will have the opportunity to ask panellists questions and take part in the discussions.

You can also follow the discussion on social media using #Trade4GenderEquality

You may find it useful to read GADN's recent briefing on trade and gender equality, Making trade work for gender equality, ahead of the webinar.

Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5207081847404021507


  • Nursel Aydıner Avşar, Economist, Trade, Gender and Development Programme, UNCTAD @UNCTAD

Nursel Aydıner Avşar is an Economist in the Trade, Gender and Development Programme at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, Switzerland. She has been working for a project on trade and gender in the East African Community and is the lead author of the report titled "East African Community Regional Integration: Trade and Gender Implications". She developed a teaching module for the online course on trade and gender in the EAC region and an advocacy strategy based on the findings of the project study. Nursel has also been involved in other research activities carried out by the Trade, Gender and Development Programme mainly focused on the impact of trade agreements on women's employment in Africa.

Before joining UNCTAD in 2016, she worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics in Izmir, Turkey from 2011 to 2016. Her main research fields are development economics, the economics of gender, and labour economics. Her papers are published in international journals including the Journal of Development Studies and Developing Economies, and in international edited books. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah (USA) in 2011, her M.A. in Economics from Istanbul Technical University (ITU, Turkey) in 2005, and her B.Sc. in Management Engineering from ITU in 2002.  

  • Priyanthi Fernando, Executive Director, International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific @IWRAW_AP

Priyanthi Fernando is the Executive Director of the International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) Asia Pacific, a feminist organisation based in Kuala Lumpur, working globally towards the achievement of women's human rights and gender equality.  A key strategy is to support women's activism at a national level and to demand state accountability for the eradication of any form of discrimination against women.   

Anita Nayar is Director of Regions Refocus, an initiative that fosters regional dialogues on progressive policies among civil society, governments, subregional alliances, and the UN. She has worked nationally and internationally on issues including women’s human rights, economic globalization, development, and climate justice. Most recently she served as Chief of the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service in New York and on the Executive Committee of the South-based feminist network, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN).

  • Francesca Rhodes, Women's Rights Policy & Advocacy Specialist, Oxfam Canada @oxfamcanada

Francesca Rhodes is a Women’s Rights Policy and Advocacy Specialist at Oxfam Canada, working on feminist foreign policy. Whilst at Oxfam she has also led on developing policy on gender and economic inequality. This includes leading on research and advocacy on unpaid care work, women, work and wages and public services. Previously Francesca was the Coordinator of the Gender and Development Network in the UK.

  • Jessica Woodroffe, Director, Gender & Development Network @GAD_Network (Moderator)

Jessica is Director of the Gender and Development Network and a specialist in gender equality and macro-economics.  

Over the last 20 years Jessica has held a variety of advocacy posts in the international development sector. These included Director of Policy and Campaigns at ActionAid UK, Head of Policy and Campaigns at the World Development Movement and Head of Campaigns at Christian Aid. Throughout her career she has focused on both women’s rights and economic justice issues including work on the IMF and World Bank and on international debt.  As Head of Campaigns at the Fawcett Society, Jessica also campaigned for gender equality in the UK.