The workshop identified contemporary barriers to gender sensitive trade outcomes in Africa so as to develop effective strategies and recommendations on how to better integrate trade policy and practice with gender equality outcomes in the future. The workshop addressed the intersections between trade and gender through discussions on a range of issues: global and regional value chains, informal cross border and the services sector (with a focus on the textiles industry), and will focus on identifying challenges and finding practical solutions to these problems.
Panel speakers and moderators included a wide range of individuals from different sectors, industries and countries. They included trade and gender experts from the World Bank, South Africa, Malawi, Mauritius, non-government organisations, government representatives, and the private sector. Such a widely varied selection of panel members contributed richly towards the discussions of the day and provided specific inputs relating to policy and practical challenges.
One of the central messages of the workshop was given by keynote speaker, Janah Ncube, a trade expert and gender activist:
“Africa is so wealthy when it comes to land and natural resources, but it is also so underdeveloped, poor and needy. If women enjoyed the same access to resources as men, the continent would be able to produce 20-30% more than it currently does. This would significantly improve prospects for household income, poverty reduction, investment and trade.”
Date Friday, 9 December 2016
Venue SAIIA’s offices, University of the Witwatersrand
Time 9.00am until 5.30pm