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Gender Mainstreaming in the Multilateral Trading System

A handbook for policymakers and other stakeholders

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The social dimension of trade policy and trade liberalization is now a common topic in many official trade fora. This discussion is proceeding with little or no attention to the different needs, constraints and interests of women. This handbook provides an integrated framework for a sustainable, propoor and gendersensitive approach to trade policymaking. It is an information and training tool for policymakers and intergovernmental and civil society organisations interested in building and enhancing their knowledge of the important linkages between trade and investment policy and gender equality objectives and priorities. It also presents recommendations on the key issues as well as the identification of strategies that could be utilized by different stakeholders. Each section includes case studies from Commonwealth countries.

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Foreword

Trade liberalisation is a global phenomenon that few countries remain unaffected by. A rules-based multilateral trading system (MTS), as is obtained under the World Trade Organization (WTO), is recognised as ultimately being in the interest of small and vulnerable countries. However, there are concerns about the negative impacts that some of them are currently experiencing.

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