women and trade

WTO Gender Research Hub

The WTO Secretariat launched the WTO Gender Research Hub in May 2021 to deepen understanding of the impact of trade on women and gender equality. The Hub serves as a knowledge-gathering platform where the latest research is shared.



The Hub includes trade and gender researchers and experts from the WTO Secretariat, seven international organisations and regional organisations (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, International Monetary Fund, International Trade Centre, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, World Bank), four members of the WTO's Chairs Programme (Mexico, Chile, Barbados and South Africa), and eight universities.

Gender experts from the private sector, non-governmental organisations and think-tanks will also be invited, on an ad-hoc basis, to present recent findings from current research, to share new perspectives and to expand multidisciplinary research on trade and gender issues.


The WTO launched the Gender Research Hub to deepen understanding of women’s economic empowerment through trade by fostering further research and data collection efforts.

The Hub serves as an information-sharing and knowledge-gathering platform where the latest findings of researchers and experts can be shared and disseminated globally. It also aims to foster research partnerships, help gather research for easier access to experts' findings, bring visibility to the work on trade and gender and promote the topic as a recognised field of research and expertise. The Hub aims for these research findings to inform discussions across WTO bodies, including the WTO Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender.

“I believe the launch of this initiative is particularly important today because of the economic and social upheaval experienced by millions of women across the globe due to the COVID-19 pandemic,”said, Anoush der Boghossian, Founder and Chair of the Hub, and Head of the WTO Trade and Gender Unit.

Work of the Research Hub

Hub members meet quarterly to discuss their work and to jointly advance on trade and gender issues.

Annually, the Hub organizes a series of "Think Up!" sessions to foster dialogue among researchers and to gather different perspectives on specific issues from gender experts, trade experts and women entrepreneurs. These sessions are public.

  • Programme and recording for Think Up!#1: “Financing Change: Trade Finance at Women's Entrepreneurs' Rescue”

The Hub holds the World Trade Congress on Gender every two years in Geneva to promote innovative research on trade and gender. It is the first event of its kind to bring together the most eminent trade and gender experts to present new findings and the latest trade and gender research from around the world.

The first Congress will take place on 5 to 7 December 2022 under the theme “Gender Equality for Sustainable Trade and Recovery”.

Promoting research on trade and gender

Latest research

  • Trade and Gender: A Framework of Analysis, OECD, March 2021
    Authors: Jane Korinek, Evdokia Moïsé, Jakob Tange
    Summary: This paper examines the complex relationship between trade and gender and provides a framework for analysis of the impacts of trade on women, and the barriers they face engaging in international trade. It aims to assist governments in their design of trade policies, allowing the benefits of trade to be widely shared
  • Gender Provisions in African Trade Agreements, Tralac, July 2021
    Author: Lolita Laperle-Forget
    Summary: Twenty African trade agreements explicitly address gender equality or women's economic empowerment. African countries have incorporated 54 gender-related provisions into these agreements. This paper provides an analytical framework for assessing the commitments made by 53 African countries to promoting gender equality.
  • Recent publications on trade and gender by Hub members

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