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03 April 2024, 09:00 - 10:30 Uzbekistan Time | Open meeting

Hybrid, Silk Road by Minyoun, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Gender equality is about everyone. Be it in the society we live in, the workplace we experience each day, or in our personal lives at our homes. Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a missed l economic opportunity. Globally women generate 37 percent of global GDP despite accounting for 50 percent of the global working-age population. If women play an identical role in labour markets to that of men, as much as $28 trillion, or 26 percent, could be added to global annual GDP by 2025. For Eastern Europe and Central Asia region in particular gender equality could bring 400 millions $ of GDP growth prospect by 2025.

However, women face numerous challenges that are impeding their participation in economy and in international trade. For example, women tend to participate more in informal cross border trade compared to men, which exposes them to different risks such as confiscation of their goods and other insecurity challenges. They often lack access to information, skills and knowledge on international and regional trade, including trade regulations or special trading regimes. Women voices are not always taken into account in policy making, due to their insufficient representation in public institutions related to trade. Increased household responsibilities and insufficient financial resources compared to men also put women at a disadvantage when trying to engage in business and trade activities. These and other constraints hamper women access to the benefits that international trade can provide.

Addressing gender- specific challenges in cross border trade is essential for women economic empowerment. Trade policymakers, border regulatory agencies and business community have to join hand and work together to create a women inclusive business environment. ITC conducted a survey of more than 1500 women traders in Central Asia to zoom in on obstacles to conduct trade activities and support to resolve them. Government agencies and business associations were also interviewed to understand their challenges as well as proposed solutions for advancing gender responsive trade facilitation agenda. This event will reveal the findings of the research exploring existing challenges and opportunities for women inclusion in trade and specifically in trade facilitation that are featured in the ITC publication. It will also present the tools and success stories from the key stakeholders to further drive and inspire gender inclusive agenda. The session builds upon the results achieved by ITC under a regional project Ready4Trade Central Asia (funded by the EU) in Central Asia (CA) countries.

A side event of Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2024.

(Physical meeting is for participants of the Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2024)

Online Participation 

The APTFF 2024 is open for online participation. To join our main event and side events virtually, please register at the following link: Click here

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Trade, Investment and Innovation Division +66 2 288-1234 [email protected]
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