women and trade

Technical assistance on trade and gender for WTO Members

WTO technical assistance on trade and gender aims to support WTO members in their work on trade and gender, to raise awareness of how trade can impact women’s economic empowerment and to explain how trade and trade rules are not gender neutral. It is part of the Trade&Gender 360° Strategy, the WTO's capacity-building programme on trade and gender for government officials and women entrepreneurs.

Objectives

The objectives of the programme for government officials are to:

  • give a new perspective on how trade can impact women's economic empowerment
  • help explain why trade rules are not gender neutral
  • deliver solutions on how to integrate gender into trade policies, based on members'practices
  • assist government officials in their work on trade and gender
  • collect data on gender-related trade policies, initiatives, programmes and statistics from members
  • help drive research by collecting information on members’ priorities
  • focus on the needs of governments prior to providing relevant training.

Training module

WTO members mandated the WTO Secretariat to develop a training module on trade and gender as part of the WTO's Technical Assistance and Training Plans for 2017-2018 and for 2020-2021 (WT/COMTD/W/227/Rev.1; WT/COMTD/W/248/Rev.1).

The first WTO training course on trade and gender was launched on International Women's Day in 2019.  Between 2019 and 2020, the WTO Secretariat delivered 13 training activities on trade and gender to government officials.

Training programme for 2021-2026

The training programme was revamped in 2021 to enhance WTO members' understanding of how trade and trade rules are not gender neutral. The updated training programme is designed to support government officials working on trade and gender. It contains a set of seven policy tools to support them in policy making.

From 2022 onwards, six training courses will be delivered per year, including two modules dedicated to Geneva-based delegates to assist them in their work at the WTO.

National activities

The WTO Secretariat also delivers training on trade and gender in response to national requests. Some 30 government officials from Saint Kitts and Nevis participated in a training programme on trade and gender in August 2021 .

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