Taking place from 29 May to 23 July 2017, the online course builds upon the success of the initiative. UNCTAD is expanding its scope by tailoring the course to the specific needs and context of target regional groups, the first one being COMESA.
The course targets policymakers, academics and representatives of civil society working in COMESA member States on trade and gender, and involved with policy formulation, implementation, research, teaching and advocacy.
"Efforts to mainstream gender equality in trade policymaking plays a critical role in this regard and it is therefore imperative for policymakers to anticipate how trade policies will redistribute wealth within the economy and take corrective actions," said UNCTAD Secretary-General, Mukhisa Kituyi.
"Economic development and social and cultural shifts contribute to a decrease in gender-related inequalities across the world," said Dr. Kituyi, adding "however, these shifts are not an 'automatic' outcome of development but rather the result of concerted policy action and resource allocation for gender equality."