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Benedicte Federspiel, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Various Interests' Group, Chief Counsel, Danish Consumer Council


This session will analyse the assumptions that trade is beneficial to women by (1) promoting women entrepreneurship, and (2) ensuring decent work for women participating in global supply chains (GSCs).

It will analyse:

  • the difficulties women encounter in setting up businesses and acquire knowledge for participating in international trade;
  • the added value of networks, associations and platforms at national and regional level;
  • the role of governments and civil society in implementing trade agreements strengthening the role of women in international trade through (a) ex-ante and ex-post gender impact evaluation, and (b) specific projects ensuring trade benefits to women;
  • the role of trade agreements in promoting decent work for women involved in GSCs in accordance with ILO conventions, the 2030 Agenda, etc.; and
  • the role of cooperation among social partners for promoting gender-sensitive supply chain management in sectors with high female employment rate (i.e. textile, footwear and agriculture).


  • Asmâa Morine Azzouzi, President, Association des femmes chefs d'entreprises du Maroc (Afem)
  • Alice Botnarenco, Founder, ALISIA ENCO & Women in Business Romania
  • Cinzia del Rio, Member, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Workers' Group, Director, International Department of UIL (Unione Italiana del Lavoro – Italian Labour Union)
  • Jonathan Peel, Member, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Employers' Group, Business and Trade Consultant