Following the Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment adopted yesterday, 12 December 2017 at the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires which outlines actions for a more inclusive participation of women in trade, UNITAR is pleased to invite you to the Women’s Leadership Programme high-level seminar on Overview and Next Steps: Implementing the Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment.
The Declaration affirms that:
- Gender is an essential component of inclusive economic growth, which requires gender-responsive trade policies;
- International trade and investment drive growth, and inclusive trade policies can lead to better outcomes for women, growth, and poverty reduction;
- Women face specific barriers to participating in the economy.
The Declaration highlights five key areas where members can collaborate to make their policies more gender-responsive, that constitute the lens applied in the seminar series:
- Sharing experiences on gender-responsive policies and programmes;
- Sharing best practice for analysing trade policies and their effects on women;
- Sharing methods for collecting, analysing and using gender-disaggregated data;
- Working together in the WTO to remove barriers impacting women’s economic empowerment and involvement in trade;
- Ensuring Aid for Trade provides tools and approaches to make trade policy more gender responsive.
The seminar is expected to provide a deeper understanding of trade policies and practices that support a greater integration of women, especially micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, into the global economy, to assist countries craft more gender-responsive trade and development policies.
This is the first of a 5-part high-level seminar series. Experts will discuss the status quo, how to effect change through undertaking a gender-sensitive analysis of trade policy, and the kinds of policies and practices that work for women engaged in trade.
UNITAR will continue to hold subsequent seminars in 2018 to explore the four themes on:
- Financial inclusion;
- Public procurement;
- Trade facilitation;
- Data collection and analysis.
Speakers will be drawn from the International Gender Champions Geneva (the originators of the Declaration), inter-governmental organizations, the private sector and civil society organizations.
The targeted audience includes:
- Geneva-based representatives of Member States to the WTO
- Capital-based policy makers (via live-stream);
- The private sector (especially women entrepreneurs);
- The civil society;
- Representatives from organizations seeking to deepen their understanding of the gender dimension of trade.
Club Suisse de la Presse, Route de Ferney 106, La Pastorale, 1202 – Genève CH