Gender Mainstreaming Workshop Opens at ECA


Addis Ababa, 21 March 2009 (ECA) – An Inception Workshop on Mainstreaming Gender into Trade Policies opened Tuesday 21 April at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The two-day workshop is organized by the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) of ECA.

While opening the workshop, the director of ECA’s Trade, Finance and Economic Development Division, Mr. Abdoulahi Mahamat, reiterated the important contribution that women traders are making to Africa’s development. “Gender discrimination and marginalization reduces growth by crippling a significant part of a country’s human resources,” he said.

Mr. Mahamat said it was important to build capacity within governments and the private sector for integrating gender analysis in trade policies. He called on participants to arrive at strong recommendations for creating a gender and trade network to pursue this effort. He also assured participants that ATPC will remain engaged in the effort to place the role of women at the centre of trade policy formulation and implementation.

The main objective of the workshop is to strengthen the capacity of African countries and regional economic communities to formulate more gender responsive trade policies. By increasing capacities to mainstream gender analysis into trade policy, Africa will be in a better position to exploit international trade opportunities.

During the workshop, gender and trade experts will examine the important role currently played by African female traders; assess the impact of current trade policies and practices on women; examine case-studies of current women traders; and examine how to achieve greater coordination between policy-makers, gender advocates, business people, civil societies and academia.

The workshop ends Wednesday 22 April.

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