O diretor-geral Roberto Azevêdo anunciou novos esforços para o fortalecimento econômico das mulheres através do comércio, incluindo um módulo de treinamento e novas pesquisas sobre comércio, gênero e meio ambiente, em um evento na OMC celebrando o Dia Internacional da Mulher em 8 de março de 2019. Ele também revisou os esforços mais amplos da organização em direção ao equilíbrio de gênero e inclusividade.
“As questões de gênero são centrais para quem somos como organização”, disse o Diretor Geral Roberto Azevêdo na abertura do evento. “Alcançar o equilíbrio entre os sexos e a inclusão é um desafio contínuo. Isso se aplica à OMC e ao comércio e à economia de forma mais ampla.
“Director-General Roberto Azevêdo announced new efforts for women’s economic empowerment through trade, including a training module and new research on trade, gender and the environment, at an event at the WTO celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March 2019. He also reviewed the organization’s broader efforts towards gender balance and inclusivity.
“Gender issues are central to who we are as an organization,” said DG Azevêdo in opening the event. “Achieving gender balance and inclusiveness is an ongoing challenge. That applies to the WTO and to trade and the economy more broadly.” His full remarks are available here.
The event, entitled “Unlocking Trade for Women’s Empowerment through Innovation and Sustainability”, took place more than one year after a large group of WTO members and observers endorsed an initiative to boost women’s role in international trade. The Buenos Aires Declaration on Women and Trade fosters the exchange of information about policies and best practices in this area. It also launched a series of workshops about how gender issues connect with topics such as government procurement and global value chains.
“I welcome the ambition that we are seeing behind this work and the remarkable momentum that it has gathered over a fairly short period,” said DG Azevêdo.
“Today we have come a long way from feeling that trade rules are ‘gender neutral’ to the feeling that the way we facilitate trade ideally must be positively gender biased,” said Shishir Priyadarshi, Director of the WTO’s Development Division.
“Trade is not gender neutral. The deeper I analyse the issues, the more I see the demand for gender-responsive trade,” said Anoush der Boghossian, WTO Trade and Gender Focal Point. “International women’s day is a key annual milestone and it helps us set the tone for the work we will carry out this year,” she said. Her full remarks are available here “…
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