The 2018 University of Ottawa-Queen’s University Joint Clinic worked on two reports for the International Trade Center (ITC), which will be used to support the implementation of the 2017 Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade and Women.
The Queen’s project focused on the enhancement of women entrepreneurs’ participation in public procurement by studying models and tools used in a few countries to assess the strengths and weaknesses for promoting bidder diversity and inclusivity of specific groups. The Ottawa report examined the “best practices”, including laws, regulations, policies and trade agreements of six countries that are leaders in promoting gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.
The Queen’s report was referred to by Arancha González, Executive Director, ITC, at the June 25th Workshop on Trade, Gender and Public Procurement hosted at the WTO by the Republic of Moldova in cooperation with the WTO and ITC. Copies of the Queen’s report were made available at the Workshop by the International Gender Champions.
Similarly, the Ottawa report will be used by the ITC for the WTO March 2019 seminar: Women and Trade in Trade Agreements, and examples from the uOttawa report have already been used by the ITC to create a sample of the Handbook on Best Practices, a key deliverable of the Buenos Aires Declaration.
Both student groups, along with the Professors, have also been selected to speak on a Panel, ‘Mind the Gender Gap,’ at the annual Canadian Council on International Law Conference in November 2018.
Read the reports here.