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.



18 December 2018Gendered stats ensure everyone counts
Goal 5
31 October 2018Women-supporting trade policies need better data, experts say
Goal 5
29 October 2018Tying trade and gender together in southern Africa
02 August 2018Learning helps put gender front and centre in trade
17 May 2018A solar lamp can transform a community, UN commission hears
09 May 2018East African nations can help empower women economically by harnessing trade policies
27 April 2018International trade is at risk of leaving women behind
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
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