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Events Brussels, 20 June 2017

International forum on women and trade

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On 20 June 2017, the European Commission and the International Trade Center (ITC) organise jointly the International Forum on Women and Trade.

European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and Executive Director Arancha González of the International Trade Centre (ITC) will host the International Forum on Women and Trade in Brussels, Belgium, on 20 June 2017. Policymakers, the business community and civil society organisations will convene to galvanize support for inclusive trade policy and the ITC SheTrades* initiative to connect one million women to market by 2020, using trade as a lever for women’s economic empowerment.

Gender equality and the empowerment of women is at the heart of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development which seek to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030. Advancing women’s equality could add US$ 28 trillion to global GDP by 2025, enabling economies to unlock their full potential.

Participants will take stock of current trade policy's contribution to the economic empowerment of women, raise awareness of gender issues in trade, and consider how trade can promote the advancement of gender equality through a combination of multi-stakeholder engagement and a progressive approach to sustainable development.

More information

The programme

Summary of key messages of the Forum, published on 13 July 2017

Are EU exports gender-blind? Some key features of women participation in exporting activities in the EU

Photos and videos of the event

Opening and closing speeches of Cecilia Malmström

Engage in the conversation via the hashtag #WomenAndTrade

Follow @Trade_EU for live updates.


* ITC launched the SheTrades initiative seeking to rally stakeholders around the world to work together on seven global actions to address trade barriers and create greater opportunities for women entrepreneurs. It is supported by a web and mobile digital platform.