Project Q7 - Enhancing Capacities of Developing Countries to Mainstream Gender in Trade Policy

Start Date 2010
End Date 2013
Beneficiary All developing countries, and in particular four selected countries (Rwanda, Cape Verde, Bhutan and Uruguay)
Donor 7th Tranche of the UN Development Account
The project seeks to strengthen the capacity of governments in developing countries to mainstream gender in trade policy and make trade policy more responsive to the specific needs of women.
Specifically, it aims to promote the capacity of policy-makers and trade negotiators in developing countries to include gender considerations when designing trade policy and negotiating trade agreements in order to make trade instrumental to the achievement of gender equality and women's empowerment.
The project will be implemented over a period of four years in four countries:


It involves the review of productive sectors and of their expansion or contraction as a result of trade liberalization and market opening policies, and assesses whether women workers have benefitted or, conversely, have been penalized in terms of employment and training opportunities by these policies.
The project aims to identify which policy measures and which instruments are best suited to make trade a tool for women's empowerment and equitable, sustainable growth and inclusive development.
The other main component of this activity is to provide training to national institutions in selected countries to improve their capacity to conduct trade and sector analysis; and to collect and analyze sex-disaggregated data relevant for trade analysis.

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