Can Free Trade Agreements help secure gender equality and social justice?


Women's Budget Group

Publication date: 

8th Jan 2020

It is now clear that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union at the end of January. It’s more important than ever to talk about how to centre gender equality and social justice in international trading arrangements.

Trade is highly political. Its effects are felt by women in multiple roles: as consumers, producers, workers, users of public services and, providers of unpaid care work. The government has made a commitment to gender equal trade policy but what does this mean in practice? How can we ensure trade agreements benefit women here and around the world.

There is an event running in London (Friday 31st January 2020 from 13:00pm – 14:00pm at Chatham House, London Book your place here)

and there is also a report which looks at the gender impact of trade and investment agreements. You can access the report here