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A Quick Guide to Gender Mainstreaming in Trade and Industry

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This Quick Guide is part of the Gender Management System (GMS) resource kit, a series of publications presenting GMS. GMS is an innovative system developed by the Commonwealth Secretariat for gender mainstreaming. The system is a comprehensive network of structures, mechanisms and processes for bringing a gender perspective to bear on all government policies, plans, programmes and projects. The kit consists of a handbook which presents the GMS in detail; sectoral guides to gender mainstreaming in specific sectors; and resource documents to assist the user in gender analysis, monitoring, evaluation and other aspects of gender mainstreaming. Each sectoral guide also has a corresponding Quick Guide a short, userfriendly publication presenting the essential points. It is designed for policymakers, planners, field staff and other government personnel involved in gender mainstreaming, as well as for academic users, NGOs, the private sector and others who have a stake in advancing gender equality and equity.

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Gender Issues in the Trade Sector

The rapid increase in information – press, television, advertising, the internet, and so on, means that women everywhere are being made aware of the new opportunities for personal achievement that await them. More and more young women can have access to higher levels of education and thus, better equipped for competition with their male counterparts, are breaking the chains of traditional gender roles. In many countries, the trend is for women to marry later, to practise family planning and to hold down an income-generating job, thus raising the standard of living for themselves and for their children.

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