March 28, 2019 @ 10:00 – March 28, 2019 @ 18:00
World Trade Organization, Room W
Rue de Lausanne 154
in Genève 1202

At the World Trade Organization’s 11th Ministerial Conference, the majority of World Trade Organization Members joined the Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Signatories have specifically agreed to explore the links between trade and women's empowerment through dedicated events, discussions and exchange of information. 

As part of this objective, Iceland, Botswana and UNCTAD in cooperation with the World Trade Organization and the International Trade Centre will organize a workshop on Gender Considerations in Trade Agreements on 28 March 2019, at the World Trade Organization, Room W (reception to follow in the Atrium). 

The workshop will explore the role for trade agreements in promoting gender equality; it will analyse how gender has been integrated in FTAs, regional integration agreements and preferential trade schemes; and will discuss what has been achieved so far. The workshop will also reflect on new ideas on how the inclusion of gender issues in trade agreements may be made more impactful for women. 

Background: The Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment was launched at the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference in 2017. The Declaration was drafted by the Trade Impact Working Group that is co-chaired by Botswana, Iceland and the International Trade Centre and that was established under the auspices of the International Gender Champions-Geneva.  So far 123 WTO members and observers have joined the Declaration.

Registrations: if you don't have a World Trade Organization badge, please send an email to trade-gender@wto.org with your name and organisation (subject line: BA Declaration 28-03) by 18:00 on Monday 25 March.