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.



Packaged to Perfection: The SPS Agreement and Aquaculture in Bangladesh

With the reduction of tariff barriers, there is a danger that alternative forms of protection will be utilised, including arbitrary technical barriers to trade, as well as sanitary and phytosanitary measures. The Uruguay Round Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (the SPS Agreement), adopted by WTO members in 1995, attempts to address the application of measures associated with the protection of human, animal and plant health in such a way that they are not a disguised restriction on international trade. The Agreement states that the measures should be scientifically based and stresses the importance of risk assessment in determining the appropriate level of protection.


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