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
20 March 2018Moving past photo ops to make trade policy more gender responsive
Goal 5
14 March 2018Trade deals must work for rural women say participants at key UN session
Womens day
08 March 2018Borderline: Private sector players “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” to mark International Women’s Day
Womens Day
07 March 2018Borderline: Ambassadors from Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia open event marking International Women’s Week 2018
07 March 2018Borderline: Rural women in trade agreements - a Q&A with activists
Woman's day
06 March 2018Borderline: Reliable data on women is crucial to measuring empowerment and equality
Women's day
05 March 2018Borderline: Women in informal trade want to do business legally and become more prosperous
11 February 2018Women and Girls in Science for Peace and Development
11 December 2017Making trade work for gender equality: a Q&A with Simonetta Zarrilli
06 December 2017WTO MC11 negotiations: prospects for fish, women and non-tariff measures
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