UNCTAD/Gender and development team's activities in this area are aimed at building the human and institutional capacities of key national stakeholders - policymakers and trade practitioners - to mainstream gender in macro-economic policies, especially in trade policy. The ultimate objective is to make trade instrumental to the achievement of gender equality and women's economic empowerment, as a means to ensure inclusive development.
UNCTAD's comprehensive work in this area includes:
(a) Analytical work
Three country case studies on the linkages between trade, gender and development have been published to date:
(b) National workshops/fact-finding missions
Workshops have the objective to present and discuss the findings of the country-case studies as well as to explore different policy options towards maximizing the social inclusiveness of trade liberalization with a focus on women.
In December 2012 UNCTAD held a national workshop in Maseru to launch and discuss the main findings of the study "Who is Benefiting from Trade Liberalization in Lesotho? A Gender Perspective
". The workshop was organized in collaboration with Lesotho's Ministry of Trade and Industry, Cooperatives and Marketing (MTICM) and with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and attracted participants from both the public and private sector as well as from international organizations. More >>
Fact-finding missions are conducted to gather "real-life" information and gain more in-depth and accurate insights into the gender effects of trade policies in target countries.
(c) Awareness-raising among policy, decision-makers and donors on the need to mainstream gender in macro-economic analysis.
The high-level Event on Women in Development
was held on 23 April during UNCTAD XIII Ministerial Conference (Doha, Qatar, 21-26April 2012). A publication highlighting the contributions and discussions of this event is being prepared to disseminate findings on the importance of engendering macroeconomic analysis
On the occasion of the IV Ministerial Conference of the LDCs (LDCs IV), UNCTAD/Gender and development team and UN Women jointly organized a Special Event on "Making trade work for women in LDCs
" (Istanbul, 11 May 2011).