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.



Digitalising It: Women and Trade in ICT in Developing Countries

According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), information and communications technologies such as the internet, mobile phones and computers can contribute to enhanced productivity, competitiveness, growth, wealth creation and poverty reduction, and can spur the knowledgebased economy (ITU, 2008). They can have a significant impact on the lives of women and men by transforming the nature and organisation of work in the industrial and service sectors (Hafkin, 2002); they also have implications for agriculture and rural development. For example, BRIDGE reports that in Gujarat, India, women dairy producers use the Dairy Informa tion System Kiosk to maximise productivity and earnings (Gurumurthy, 2004).


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