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Trade and Gender

uOttawa Students part of the Trade & Gender Group: Sama Al Mutair, Lisa Page and Dora Konomi (left to right)

Exploring International Practices that Promote Women's Economic Empowerment

Clinic: uOttawa-Queen's Joint Clinic, Spring 2018

Beneficiary: International Trade Center (ITC), Geneva

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The carried out two projects on Trade and Gender for the International Trade Center (ITC), Geneva.


The Joint Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment was endorsed at the WTO Ministerial Conference Meeting in Buenos Aires in December 2017. It acknowledges, among other things, that “inclusive trade policies can contribute to advancing gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, which has a positive impact on economic growth and helps to reduce poverty.” The 118 WTO members and observers who supported the Declaration affirmed their commitment to “effectively implement the obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women” and agreed to collaborate on making their trade and development policies more gender responsive in a number of ways.

The ITC hopes that the Ottawa and Queen’s projects will produce results that will assist WTO members to implement key goals of the Declaration.