Trade, Gender and Development


Economic policies impact different segments of the population, including men and women, in different ways. In turn, gender inequalities impact on trade policy outcomes and economic growth. Taking into account gender perspectives in macro-economic policy, including trade policy, is essential to pursuing inclusive and sustainable development and to achieving fairer and beneficial outcomes for all.

UNCTAD plays a key role in ensuring that gender considerations are incorporated in a meaningful way in trade policies. Through its work programme on Trade, Gender and Development, UNCTAD supports its member countries in:

  • assessing the distinct effect of economic policies, especially trade policy, on men and women, boys and girls; identifying gender-based constraints that impede inclusive development; and devising strategies and policy measures to overcome them.

  • mainstreaming gender into trade policy through the inclusion of gender considerations in policy formulation and implementation, and in the negotiations of trade and other agreements at the multilateral, regional and bilateral levels.



Goal 5
15 November 2017Woman entrepreneur from Tanzania wins “Start-up for SDGs” contest
26 October 2017Making trade work better for women -- a step in the right direction
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28 September 2017Toolbox helps governments ensure trade empowers women
18 September 2017Making women’s economic empowerment a reality
Goal 5
03 August 2017Etching gender into trade policy in the COMESA region
10 July 2017How do trade policies impact women? UNCTAD launches the trade and gender toolbox
29 May 2017COMESA special edition of UNCTAD online course on trade and gender launched today!
21 April 2017COMESA pilots special edition of UNCTAD online course on trade and gender - Call for applications
UN Women
23 March 2017Women must play a bigger role in trade
13 March 2017Without a gender perspective, trade policy may undermine women's empowerment
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 Events and Meetings

Start DateTitleLocationCountry
09 Jan-26 Feb 2017UNCTAD Virtual Institute online course on Trade and GenderOnline
02 Oct 2017Short courses on key issues on the international economic agenda for delegates from Permanent Missions in Geneva (Second semester 2017)GenevaSwitzerland
27 Sep 2017Can gender-sensitive trade policies hinder the spread of the anti-globalization movements? Working Session at the WTO Public ForumGenevaSwitzerland
11 Sep 2017Side event "Transformative actions to advance women's economic empowerment: UNCTAD Trade and Gender Toolbox and the Outcome of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel (UNSG HLP) on Women's Economic Empowerment".GenevaSwitzerland
27 Apr 2017The Gender Dimension of E-commerce GenevaSwitzerland
07 Mar 2017Research Seminar on Gender and Development: Research and Analytics with Reference to Macroeconomics and TradeGenevaSwitzerland
23-24 May 2016Expert Meeting on Trade as a Tool for the Economic Empowerment of WomenGenevaSwitzerland
17 Mar 2017Side Event at Commission on the Status of Women, 61st Session: The Impact of the Trade Environment on Women's EmploymentNew YorkUnited States of America
17 Mar 2016Trade and Global Value Chains: how to address the gender dimension, Side Event at the 60th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of WomenNew YorkUnited States of America
19 Jul 2016Women as Agents for Economic Change: Smallholder Farming, Food Security, Agricultural Upgrading and Rural Economic Diversification in LDCsNairobiKenya
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