Gender Matters When We Talk about Trade

Published: June 2008

This document presents a brief on the importance of supporting women to gain from trade.

Key Findings

  • There is evidence that trade liberalisation results in cheaper products for local consumers, creation of new markets and in a rise in employment opportunities. However, these benefits are not equally distributed between women and men.
  • Import liberalisation results in a drop in tax revenue collected from tariffs on imported goods.
  • Policies and international rules governing trade relations between nations have to be analyzed and designed from a gender equality perspective.
  • Gender experts and women's civil society organisations should be consulted in trade negotiations and participate in trade review mechanisms.

Populations Women

Industries Business

Publishers German Organisation for Technical Cooperation (GTZ)

Geographic Focus Africa (Sub-Saharan)

Funded by Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development