What needs to change to make trade policy work for gender equality?
Ensuring women have access to the benefits of trade is only part of the story. To promote gender equality we must acknowledge, and tackle, the harmful impacts of liberalised trade on women.
On 13 December 2017, the Gender & Development Network and Oxfam came together with experts working on women’s rights, development economics, climate justice and globalisation, to discuss the current impacts of trade on women, and propose ways in which trade policy and agreements must change in order to ensure that they support, instead of threaten, gender equality and women’s rights. Read the outcomes from the webinar here!
The webinar took place the day following the presentation of the Joint Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment on the Occasion of the WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, and sought to re-centre the discussion of structural impacts of trade liberalisation on women’s rights, challenging narrow efforts to merely increase women’s participation in trade and promote women’s entrepreneurship.