Gender Mainstreaming in the Multilateral Trading System

A handbook for policymakers and other stakeholders

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The social dimension of trade policy and trade liberalization is now a common topic in many official trade fora. This discussion is proceeding with little or no attention to the different needs, constraints and interests of women. This handbook provides an integrated framework for a sustainable, propoor and gendersensitive approach to trade policymaking. It is an information and training tool for policymakers and intergovernmental and civil society organisations interested in building and enhancing their knowledge of the important linkages between trade and investment policy and gender equality objectives and priorities. It also presents recommendations on the key issues as well as the identification of strategies that could be utilized by different stakeholders. Each section includes case studies from Commonwealth countries.



Agricultural Trade Liberalisation

Agriculture is a vital source of food and health for men, women and children in all economies, and most food that is produced is consumed locally. It is also a source of livelihood and economic security for countless men and women farmers, a source of employment for farm labourers, and indirectly sustains and contributes to other sectors of the economy such as manufacturing and tourism. Agriculture is also critically important for the preservation of genetic resources and biodiversity.


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