Women's Economic Empowerment and the SDGs

Along with many other stakeholders, UNCTAD contributed to the global discussion leading to the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals. UNCTAD has drawn attention to the role of trade as an effective instrument for achieving inclusive development when gender considerations are accounted for in trade policy formulation and implementation.

In line with Goal 5, which calls for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by 2030, UNCTAD suggested that emphasis be placed on the preconditions necessary for women to become economically empowered and that gender-aware trade and investment policies be promoted to advance both economic and social development.

Based on its findings, the Trade, Gender and Development Programme highlighted key elements, data and considerations that could help national stakeholders (all levels of governments, civil society) determine whether the Sustainable Development Goals - in particular Goals 1, 2, 5 and 17 relating to the role of women as economic agents - are being implemented in a gender-sensitive manner.

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