Working session - Data and statistics for gender-responsive trade policy

04 October 2018
08:30 - 10:00 hrs. Room S3, WTO
, Switzerland

Gender-responsive trade policies should be premised on sound statistics. The session marks the release of the UNCTAD policy brief on better data and statistics for gender-responsive trade policy. In the Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment, 123 countries committed to remove barriers to women’s economic empowerment and increase their participation in trade. The panel considers what the statistical issues at stake are when we talk about “gender and trade” and which data are necessary for gender-responsive trade policy. What should we measure? Are women and men equally empowered to participate in trade? How do trade and trade policies affect their livelihoods? The panel reflects on current data availability, the need for internationally agreed definitions and resources dedicated to gender and trade statistics. Based on these observations, it discusses data necessary for inclusive trade policy-making and puts forward proposals on how to improve data collection and data linking to inform gender-responsive trade policy.


  • Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD


  • Nadim Ahmad, Chief, Trade and Competitiveness Statistics Division, OECD
  • Alison Holder, Director, Equal Measures 2030
  • Amelie Kvarnström, Trade Adviser, National Board of Trade, Sweden
  • David Luke, Head, African Trade Policy Centre, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  • Marie-France Paquet, Chief Economist, Global Affairs Canada



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