Session Document

Short courses for Permanent Missions in Geneva
Organised by the Division on Technology and Logistics
The trade and gender nexus and its relevance to inclusive development
Palais des Nations, Geneva (Room XXVI)
Friday, 14 October 2016 (10:00 to 13:00)

Economic development and social and cultural shifts have contributed to a decrease in gender-related inequalities across the world. These notably include an increase in female educational enrolment compared with that of males and in the participation of women in the labour force. However, these shifts cannot be considered an automatic outcome of development but rather the result of concerted policy action and resource allocation for gender equality. Taking a gender perspective has helped reveal a number of structural inequalities between men and women in social, economic and political spheres, and has encouraged the implementation of measures to redress them. Efforts to mainstream gender equality in policymaking have been critical in this regard. Trade and trade liberalization policies tend to have a different impact on men and women. They yield important redistributive effects within the economy, which can either magnify or reduce existing disparities among groups, including women and men. It is therefore vital for policymakers to anticipate how trade policies will redistribute wealth within the economy and take corrective actions. UNCTAD contributes to the analysis critical to informing gender-sensitive policymaking.


Delivered by: Division on International Trade and Commodities

From 10 am to 1pm

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