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.



Gender and the Multilateral Trading System (MTS)

Gender inequality persists around the world. Yet many countries have made great strides over the last twenty to thirty years towards reducing the gender bias that has limited economic development and been a stumbling block in the social and economic progress of women. Women are now employed across all sectors of the economy in many countries, though they tend to predominate in certain sectors and types of occupations.


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