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.



Multilateral and Regional Trading Arrangements and Globalisation

The current multilateral trading system (MTS) is the most coherent it has ever been. It is rooted in rules written over 50 years ago under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT 1947). However, it is more comprehensive and more rigorous than its progenitor.


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