women and trade

Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender

The Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender is composed of WTO members and observers seeking to intensify efforts to increase women's participation in global commerce. It was established on 23 September 2020 as the next phase of an initiative launched at the Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires in 2017, the Joint Declaration on Trade and Women's Economic Empowerment.

The group aims to share best practices on removing barriers to women's participation in world trade, exchange views on how to apply a “gender lens” to the work of the WTO, review gender-related reports produced by the Secretariat, and discuss how women may benefit from the Aid for Trade initiative.

Participation in this Informal Working Group is open to all WTO members. The initiative is chaired by Botswana and Iceland.

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Background

At the WTO's 11th Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires in 2017, 118 WTO members and observers endorsed the Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade and Women's Economic Empowerment, an initiative which seeks to foster women’s economic empowerment through their participation in international trade. Since then, gender-related trade policies and women empowerment objectives have increasingly become a more prominent feature in WTO members' work.

Currently 127 WTO members and observers suport the Buenos Aires Declaration. They are:

Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eswatini, Ethiopia, European Union member states (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden), Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Republic of), Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Namibia, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei, Tajikistan, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Viet Nam and Zambia.

Participants in the initiative sought to intensify efforts to increase women's participation in world trade by establishing an Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender on 23 September 2020. A communication was circulated by Botswana and Iceland on behalf of the group, outlining the initiative's objectives. This includes the aim of presenting a workplan on trade and gender issues to members at the 12th Ministerial Conference in 2021.

Documents submitted by WTO members

Date

Member

Title

Document number

22 October 2021

Mexico

Mexico's recent work on trade and gender

14 October 2021

Botswana, El Salvador, Iceland

30 April 2021

Botswana, El Salvador, Iceland

Proposal for a framework to deliver an ambitious ministerial outcome on trade and gender for MC12 and beyond

29 March 2021

Canada

Final work plan for implementing activities under the Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender

3 Feb 2021

Canada

Revision of Draft Work Plan for implementing activities under the Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender

11 Jan 2021

Australia

Australia Experiences with Gender-Related Practices and Processes

21 Dec 2020

Canada

Draft work plan for implementing activities under the Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender

Meetings of the Informal Working Group

Forthcoming meetings

Draft schedule of meetings — January — July 2021 (INF/TGE/W/2/Rev.2)

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Date

Topic

Organizer

Documents

28 October 2021

Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender

Iceland, Botswana and El Salvador

23 September 2021

Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender

Iceland, Botswana and El Salvador

16 July 2021

Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender

Iceland, Botswana and El Salvador

23 June 2021

Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender

Iceland, Botswana and El Salvador

28 Apr 2021

Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender

Iceland, Botswana and El Salvador

26 Feb 2021

Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender

Iceland and Botswana

10 Dec 2020

Launch of the report: Delivering on the Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment.

Other items will be discussed during this meeting.

Iceland and Botswana

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