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Women and Trade: A promising interface for gender equality

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To mark International Women’s Day, four high-level women trade experts will join CEPS for a discussion on the role of trade in promoting gender equality. Discussions will be inspired by the recent publication Women and Trade: The Role of Trade in Promoting Gender Equality, a joint report by the World Bank and the World Trade Organization. This excellent contribution throws light on an under-researched trade policy area, namely the impact of international trade on women as workers, consumers and family members. While at first sight trade policies may appear to be gender-neutral, this report shows that they can affect women and men quite differently. One telling example are so-called pink tariffs, or the constantly high tariffs on garments that negatively impact women consumers and exclude female workers in developing countries from greater export opportunities. The report’s unique gender-based dataset reveals promising trade avenues for women. Since more women are employed in trade-oriented businesses, trade may open up better jobs for them. And countries that are open to trade can offer higher levels of gender equality. Current trends in international trade, such as the ‘servicification’ of the economy, the increase of global value chains and the rise of the digital economy, which may greatly support women, are also analysed in the report.
March 8th, 2021 3:00 PM   through   4:30 PM
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Responsible Mr. Steven Blockmans
Secretary Ms. Isobel Watson

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