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Leveraging Trade for Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Pacific

Publication | May 2019
Leveraging Trade for Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Pacific

This publication provides insights on how trade can be leveraged to enhance economic opportunities for women in the Pacific.

It includes an analysis of how gender mainstreaming in Aid for Trade programs could catalyze greater donor support to help the region benefit from gender-equitable and truly inclusive growth. In the Pacific, the labor force participation gap between men and women has narrowed, but women there are still less likely to be in work than men. To tap into the full potential of the female labor force in the region, much more needs to be done to boost women’s economic empowerment.

Contents 

  • Highlights
  • Introduction
  • The Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment Nexus
  • Development Progress in the Pacific
  • Women’s Economic Participation in the Pacific
  • Leveraging the Potential of Services Trade
  • The Rural Economy in the Pacific
  • Integrated Support for Small-Scale Firms and Female Entrepreneurship
  • Aid for Trade for Women’s Economic Empowerment
  • References
  • Annex: Gender Equality across the Sustainable Development Goals