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South-South Dialogue on International Trade and Gender

In cooperation with the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, GST Working Group hosted a South-South Dialogue on trade, gender and social inclusion.

We presented research and studies commissioned by the GST Working Group to facilitate knowledge-sharing on GESI and trade and networking among stakeholders in the Global South. The online event was part of UN ECLAC's Symposium on International Trade and Gender in a post COVID-19 World which reached more than 500 women and men from 65 countries.


Advancing Gender Equality through Voluntary Standards (09/20)

One way to contribute to women’s empowerment in international trade and gender equality are voluntary sustainability standards. They have emerged as one of the main tools used to articulate, encourage and enforce sustainable and ethical practices in global value chains. READ MORE


Guidance Note - Data Analysis for Gender and Trade Assessments (09/20)

GST Working Group commissioned a Guideline on data analysis for gender and trade assessments to show how policy makers and advisors in developing countries can use nationally available data for assessing distributional effects of international trade at the country level. READ MORE

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Primer on Gender and Trade (2020)

How has the regulation of international trade evolved and why is there are need for gender inequality and social inclusion to be addressed in rule-making for international trade? A basic ‘crossover’ guide for audiences based in two very different domains of policymaking: trade policymakers and negotiators on the one hand and gender equality ministries and civil society stakeholders, on the other. READ MORE

Genre et Commerce - Un Guide (2020)


OECD, Trade and Gender: A Framework of Analysis (2021)


Closing gender gaps makes good economic sense. Advancing the aim of women’s economic empowerment will require policy action across a wide range of areas, including increasing their participation in international trade. Although trade policies are not de jure discriminatory, they impact women and men differently due to dissimilar initial conditions. A framework is proposed for analysing the impacts of trade and trade policies on women that policy makers can use in order to ensure that trade and trade policies in their country support women’s economic empowerment.


International Trade Centre, Delivering on the Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment. ITC, Geneva (2020)

Trade policy for women took an international leap with the Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment, endorsed by more than 120 countries at the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference of 2017.
This report, produced under the auspices of the International Gender Champions’ Trade Impact Group, presents related findings: recommendations and 32 good practices for gender-based analysis, global value chains, public procurement, trade agreements, digital trade and financial inclusion.

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UN WOMEN, From Insight to Action. Gender Equality in the Wake of COVID-19. UN (2020)

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International Trade Centre, Mainstreaming Gender in Free Trade Agreements. ITC, Geneva (2020)

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Screenshot_2020-04-16 Women at the core

Collection of resources and current reporting on gender and
gender data related to COVID-19
(click here)

OECD, Women at the core of the fight against COVID-19 crisis (2020)

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UN, Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on Women, United Nations (2020)


World Bank, Women, Business and the Law 2020 (2020)


CEPAL, Herramientas de política comercial para contribuir
a la igualdad de género
, Alicia Frohmann, our GESI Expert (2019)

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