With the awesome news that Kamala Harris will be America’s vice president, we are energized that things will get cooking – placed as a top priority – on the international trade front for women because trade improves the lives of women. One fact for sure: America will have through Kamala its first female vice president, as well as its first Black and South Asian-American vice president. She will be second in line for the most powerful office in the world and represents a new way for the United States to be in the world. We are excited and you should be too!
But back to trade. Here’s what Mari E. Pangestu, Managing Director, World Bank and Robert Azevedo, Director-General, World Trade Organization say about women and trade:
Trade alone is not a panacea to close the gender gap. But this report reveals the opportunities that can be seized by making trade more inclusive. It highlights how governments, international organizations, and the private sector can collectively— through complementary initiatives—create the conditions to ensure that women benefit from trade instead of being left behind.
Read the full 189-page report: Women and Trade: The Role of Trade in Promoting Gender Equality