#UNCTAD14 Side Event on Gender & Trade: Alternative Realities for A Transformative Economy

The ongoing UNCTAD-14 provides a platform through which women’s organizations can contribute to the discussion on international trade policies and the impact the policies have on women as well as provide alternatives through which trade can be used as a catalyst for women’s economic empowerment. Increasing the role of women in the economy is part of the solution to the financial and economic crises and critical for economic resilience and growth.
On Wednesday 20th July 2016, from 1630hrs – 1800hrs at the CSO Tent 4, Join the discussion on the following topics:-

  1. What are some of the human rights norms and standards through which gender discrimination in and through trade can be addressed?
  2. How can developing countries ensure policy coherence towards gender-sensitive and socially inclusive development outcomes?
  3. How appropriate is it to use the “smart economy” approach to advocate for gender equality and women’s economic empowerment?
  4. The Sustainable Development Goals do not make an explicit link between gender equality, women’s economic empowerment and trade. Would implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at the national level provide the setting for making this link explicit?
  5. UNCTAD going ahead, what should they consider in their mandate to deliver and move from decisions to action?


  • Dinah Musindarwezo, Executive Director, FEMNET
  • Simone Ellis Oluoch-Olunya, Deputy Director, UN Women East and Southern Africa Regional Office
  • Kate Lappin, Regional Coordinator, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
  • Jane S Nalunga, Country Director, Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI- Uganda)
  • Michelle Maziwisa, University of Western Cape, South Africa

Moderator: Patita Tingoi, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)
FEMNET will also launch its 9th edition of the African Women’s Journal: Unravelling Gender Dimensions in Macroeconomic Policy Frameworks in Africa
The event is jointly organized by FEMNET, AWID and SEATINI Uganda.      
Twitter handles to follow: @FEMNETprog @AWID @SEATINI_Uganda

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