Trading Stories

Experiences with Gender and Trade

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Through twenty regional and country case studies, Trading Stories pulls together the key links between trade, gender and economic development. Ten case studies focus on the gender impacts of trade policies, detailing differential consequences on men and women; and ten focus on linking women with global markets – including FairTrade, organic, niche and mainstream markets – through a range of best practices involving government, NGOs, people’s organisations and associations, private sector and international agencies.

The book draws on three recent Commonwealth Secretariat publications on gender and trade: Gender Mainstreaming in the Multilateral Trading System; Chains of Fortune: Linking Women Producers and Workers with Global Markets; and Gender and Trade Action Guide and is a useful addition to the growing body of evidence that will help governments to effectively mainstream gender in their trade policy.



Can it be Mended? Kenya and the MFA Phase-out

The textiles and clothing industry has traditionally been considered one of the first steps up the industrialisation ladder in developing countries that are seeking to move from an economic structure based on primary commodity production to one in which manufacturing contributes an additional source of employment, value-added and exports. It has also been recognised as a major source of formal employment for women with low skills (Weston et al., 2008; Vijayabaskar, 2002). Textiles and clothing production is the largest source of industrial employment in the world, providing jobs for millions of people, the majority of whom have few employment alternatives. Its low skill requirements and large labour absorption potential have made this industry an important source of non-agrarian employment for the rural populace. Moreover, textiles and clothing products constitute the major exports of a number of developing countries.


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