Can a Gender-Sensitive Approach to WTO Regulation Enhance Women's Contribution to the Global Economy?

Global Trade and Customs Journal, 10(3), 2015, pp. 105-117.

Posted: 28 Nov 2017

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the leading global regulating authority with regard to international trade in goods and services. Through a network of multilateral agreements concluded by more than 150 countries, it determines rules and disciplines affecting the entire global trade arena. Since its establishment, the WTO exercises an allegedly ‘neutral’ regulation policy, indifferent to gender, justified on grounds of desired equality. However, this ‘neutral’ regulation is criticized for pragmatically causing gender discrimination in certain cases, reinforcing it in others. In recent years, the global economic implications and cost of this policy are widely recognized. This article explores ways to bridge the gap between the two conflicting approaches, to enhance women’s access to international trade and their contribution to the global economy.

Keywords: WTO, gender

JEL Classification: K30, K33

Suggested Citation

Munin, Nellie, Can a Gender-Sensitive Approach to WTO Regulation Enhance Women's Contribution to the Global Economy? (2015). Global Trade and Customs Journal, 10(3), 2015, pp. 105-117.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3075826

Nellie Munin (Contact Author)

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