This document presents a brief on the importance of supporting women to gain from trade.
- There is evidence that trade liberalisation results in cheaper products for local consumers, creation of new markets and in a rise in employment opportunities. However, these benefits are not equally distributed between women and men.
- Import liberalisation results in a drop in tax revenue collected from tariffs on imported goods.
- Policies and international rules governing trade relations between nations have to be analyzed and designed from a gender equality perspective.
- Gender experts and women's civil society organisations should be consulted in trade negotiations and participate in trade review mechanisms.