TWN Info Service on Finance and Development (Sept13/06)
26 September 2013
Third World Network  

Dear friends and colleagues,

An area of increasing concern with development analysts, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and academics is that the trade and gender issues are not properly raised and debated in the public sphere, and do not feature prominently in development discussions.

In particular, this discussion is of great significance for the post-2015 development agenda. It is obvious that issues such as poverty, inequality, gender empowerment, women's education and health cannot be addressed effectively unless structural issues are addressed. It is more important in the current context, as a meaningful global agenda must address global- level policy issues which impact gender relations down to the grassroots. Goal 8 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - Develop a global partnership for development - was weak in terms of articulation, implementation and accountability.

The current Goal 12 proposed in the Report of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP Report) (Create a global enabling environment and catalyse long-term finance) also has several shortcomings, including being gender-insensitive. To address the gender impacts of international trade and investment requires an interweaving of several areas such as access to health and education, to resources and to food with gender-sensitive international policies.

The post-2015 development agenda must therefore deal with these complex multilayered relationships if it is to deliver on gender equality and women's empowerment.

The attached paper attempts to enunciate some of the gender-related impacts of international trade and investment mainly in the context of developing countries.

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With best wishes,
Third World Network