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.



Moving Forwards, Falling Backwards: GATS and the Migration of Skilled Professionals from the Caribbean

The world’s peoples have always crossed borders in search of new opportunities to improve their personal educational, skill, economic and/or social capacity. This movement of women and men is now of staggering proportions. According to the International Organization for Migration (n.d.), there are currently an estimated 200 million international migrants, some 3 per cent of the global population; 49.6 per cent of them are women, demonstrating the strong feminisation of migration patterns.


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