The nexus between Trade and Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) has attracted increasing attention in recent years and has led to important international political consensus, including the WTO’s 2017 Buenos Aires Declaration on Women and Trade. However, the trade and GESI agenda still faces significant challenges as it has not yet been translated into many practical actions, with uncertainty often remaining on how to approach the objective of fostering trade that is both socially inclusive and helps reduce gender inequalities.

Addressing the concerns of some governments in signing up to the GESI and trade agenda, the activities of the Gender, Social Inclusion and Trade (GST) Working Group as a part of The Trade and Investment Advocacy Fund (TAF2+), aim to show that linking trade with gender equality and social inclusion is not only welcome but ultimately necessary in order to revive the legitimacy of open trade as a policy that contributes to the well-being of all people.

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