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.



Communications and Commerce: The Role of ICT in Linking Women Entrepreneurs with Global Markets

In an increasingly globalised and networked world, businesswomen need access to a range of information to enable them to make informed choices concerning their livelihoods, management of resources and income, and to understand and influence the policy decisions that have an impact on their business activities. The role of ICT in enabling women to access and analyse this kind of information cannot be underestimated. Despite much rhetoric around the diffusion of ICT in developing countries, the reality is that a widespread assumption still persists that women in general have no real use for or interest in ICT. This is often reflected in the ways in which business support services are designed and delivered.


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