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Civil Society Dialogue on Women and Trade

  • Date: 08/07/2019, 10:00-12:00 (Registration closed)
  • Location: Conference Center Albert Borschette, Room 2.B, Rue Froissart 36, Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 03/07/2019 12:00

Meeting details

  • Date: 08/07/2019, 10:00-12:00 (registration closed)
  • Location: Conference Center Albert Borschette, Room 2.B, Rue Froissart 36, Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 03/07/2019 12:00

Gender equality and the empowerment of women is at the heart of the Global Sustainable Development Goals. There is also a strong economic rationale for women's economic empowerment: some studies estimate it could add up to US$ 28 trillion to global GDP by 2025. While the importance of empowering women is well understood, the impact of trade policy on women, the reasons for slow progress in including women into trade and the types of barriers they face are not sufficiently documented.

The Commission has published a study on women's participation in EU exports, which showed that international trade contributes to 36 million jobs in the EU, of which women occupy 38%. The Commission is currently working to update this study with the latest data. Moreover, the Commission has partnered with the International Trade Centre (ITC) to conduct the first ever study on women’s involvement in extra-EU trade in selected EU Member States. This will give more detailed insight into women's role in international trade, the specific barriers they face and most relevant areas to address them through trade policy instruments.

In addition to presenting the latest state of play, the purpose of this meeting is to present the survey and preliminary findings and to receive feedback from the organisations present to feed into the final report on women participation in trade. The final report will be presented at the high-level conference on Trade for Her: Empowering women through international trade on 30 September in Brussels. More information on the conference here.

Speakers

  • Madelaine Tuininga, Head of Trade and Sustainable Development, Generalised System of Preferences Unit, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission
  • Zornitsa Kutlina-Dimitrova, Chief Economist and Trade AnalysisUnit, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission
  • Mario Filadoro, Non-Tariff Measures Programme, International Trade Centre, and
  • Judith Fessehaie, SheTrades Initiative, International Trade Centre

Moderator

Sandra Nebe, Information, Communication and Civil Society Unit, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission

Agenda

  1. Presentation by the Commission
  2. Presentation by the International Trade Centre
  3. Discussion with Civil Society Organisations

We would be grateful if participants could arrive 30 minutes in advance. A reception desk will be set up in the foyer of the Charlemagne building, where you will receive a badge and gain access to the meeting room. Please bring with you the confirmation email received when you registered for the meeting and an ID card or passport.

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Organisations that have registered to participate in this meeting.

  • Participant from AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe
  • Participant from Africa Europe Faith and Justice Network
  • Participant from amfori - Trade with Purpose
  • Participant from Associazione Italiana Lattiero Casearia
  • Participant from ASSUC- European Association of Sugar Traders
  • Participant from Brussels Office of the Swedish Trade Unions
  • Participant from Bundesarbeitskammer Österreich
  • Participant from Bundesarbeitskammer Österreich
  • Participant from BUSINESSEUROPE
  • Participant from Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de région Paris Ile-de-France
  • Participant from Comité du commerce des céréales, aliments du bétail, oléagineux, huile d'olive, huiles et graisses et agrofournitures de l'U.E.
  • Participant from Confederation of Finnish Industries EK
  • Participant from Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry
  • Participant from Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e.V.
  • Participant from EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
  • Participant from EUROCHAMBRES – Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • Participant from EUROCHAMBRES – Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • Participant from EUROPEAN APPAREL AND TEXTILE CONFEDERATION
  • Participant from European Centre for Development Policy Management
  • Participant from European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Participant from European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Participant from European farmers
  • Participant from European Major Exhibition Centres Association
  • Participant from Fair Trade Advocacy Office
  • Participant from Fair Trade Advocacy Office
  • Participant from Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry
  • Participant from International Trade Union Confederation
  • Participant from Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. European Office
  • Participant from Koepel van de Vlaamse Noord-Zuidbeweging - 11.11.11
  • Participant from PETITA I MITJANA EMPRESA DE CATALUNYA
  • Participant from PETITA I MITJANA EMPRESA DE CATALUNYA
  • Participant from Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques
  • Participant from Union des Chambres et des Bourses de Turquie
  • Participant from UNION FLEURS - The International Flower Trade Association
  • Participant from Wirtschaftskammer Österreich
  • Participant from WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform
  • Participant from WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform
  • Participant from Women In Development Europe+