Gender equality and trade: coordinating compliance between regimes.

Gender equality and trade: coordinating compliance between regimes.

This policy brief seeks to address the issue of coordinating regime compliance in gender equality and trade. Produced by the North-South Institute, the authors argue that there is a significant governance gap between trade rules and human rights that must be closed through the recognition that trade and human rights can be complimentary rather than conflicting. As things stand, trade treaties can have negative unintended effects that disproportionately affect the world’s poor, 70% of which are women, due to trade rights usually prevailing over human rights (which is often treated as an exception). The brief uses the WTO as an example by highlighting problems and positive developments, and reminds signatories to CEDAW of their obligations to prohibit gender discrimination. The brief concludes with an overview of various trade rules and gender equality rights, from the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966) to the UN International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and their families (2003).

  1. How good is this research?

    Assessing the quality of research can be a tricky business. This blog from our editor offers some tools and tips.