Making Trade Work for Women in LDCs - Special event at the fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC–IV)
11 May 2011
Conference Room Topkapi A , Lutfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Centre

Key Issues

The Special Event will provide an opportunity to show case the positive role that trade may play towards the economic empowerment of women in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), as well as the many challenges women face, through the presentation of country case studies conduced by UNCTAD and UN Women in a number of LDCs.

More specifically, UNCTAD will present the main findings of a country-case study on Who is benefitting from trade liberalization in Bhutan? A gender perspective, and share policy recommendations on how to make trade policy more responsive to the specific challenges faced by women.

UN Women will present the main findings of its studies on Women Informal Cross Border Traders conducted in Africa and share policy recommendations on how to put in place policies and measures that can support cross-border trade and minimize existing obstacles for women involved in it.

The presentations will be followed by an interactive debate.


  • Ministers of Trade and/or Ministers of Gender of several LDCs

  • Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director, UN Women

  • Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General, UNCTAD



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