January 22, 2018 @ 13:00 – January 22, 2018 @ 14:30
UNOG Palais des Nations, Room IX
Avenue de la Paix 8-14
in Geneva 1211

Following the endorsement of the Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment on 12 December, 2017 at the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, UNITAR has been engaged in the active promotion of  the discussion on actions for a more inclusive participation of women in trade, focusing on the following five key areas where members can collaborate to make their policies more gender-responsive:

  1. Sharing experiences on gender-responsive policies and programmes;
  2. Sharing best practice for analysing trade policies and their effects on women;
  3. Sharing methods for collecting, analysing and using gender-disaggregated data;
  4. Working together in the WTO to remove barriers impacting women’s economic empowerment and involvement in trade;
  5. Ensuring Aid for Trade provides tools and approaches to make trade policy more gender responsive.

The session on "Linkages Between financial Inclusion and Trade: Maximizing Benefits for Women" is the second of a 5-part high-level seminar series where experts discuss the status quo, the steps to take in order to effect change through the adoption of a gender-sensitive analysis of trade policy, and the kinds of policies and practices that work for women engaged in trade while exploring the four themes on:

  • Financial inclusion;
  • Public procurement;
  • Trade facilitation;
  • Data collection and analysis.


· H.E. International Gender Champion Mr. Stephen de Boer, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the World Trade Organization, Geneva

· H.E. Ambassador Amanda Ellis, Special Advisor International Programs and Partnerships, Office of the President, East-West Centre (Hawaii)

· Inez Murray, CEO, Global Banking Alliance for Women

· Irene Natividad, President, Global Summit of Women; President, Corporate Women Directors International


Meg Jones, Gender and Trade specialist


Please register here: http://bit.ly/2ANHlxE

The lecture will be in English with no interpretation.