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.



Trade and Gender
29 March 2019Trade deals can be a tool for women's empowerment
CSW 2019
15 March 2019Gender and trade spotlighted at UN Commission on Status of Women
Woman's Day
08 March 2019Sustainable African design in focus on Women's Day
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14 January 2019Finland renews commitment to UNCTAD's work on trade and gender
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
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