Joint Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment is announced!


Picture: WTO’s MC11


We, from Women Inside Trade, celebrate the Joint Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment announced today (12) on the occasion of the World Trade Organization’s 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires.

The aim of this Joint Declaration is to provide a framework and platform for Members to encourage a more inclusive trade agenda as they seek to guarantee that trade benefits all.

According to the Declaration[i],

  • Gender is an essential component of inclusive economic growth, which requires gender-responsive trade policies;

  • International trade and investment drive growth, and inclusive trade policies can lead to better outcomes for women, growth, and poverty reduction;

  • Women face specific barriers to participating in the economy.

In order to make their policies more gender-responsive, Members can act by:

  1. Sharing experiences on gender-responsive policies and programs;

  2. Sharing best practice for analyzing trade policies and their effects on women;

  3. Sharing methods for collecting, analyzing and using gender-disaggregated data;

  4. Working together in the WTO to remove barriers that impact women’s economic empowerment and involvement in trade;

  5. Ensuring Aid for Trade provides tools and approaches to make trade policy more gender responsive.

This is a very important – albeit symbolic – step towards change for better in terms of gender equality. We congratulate the signing countries on the initiative and call on Brazil, our home country, to support it.

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