Video available of our Webinar: “A Gender Just Trade Policy and the EU-Mercosur Agreement” in English, 21 April 2021

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The current draft of the EU-Mercosur agreement includes the common features of a European multilateral free trade agreement, with elements that are expected to harm nature, farmers in different continents and decent livelihoods for indigenous communities. It’s impacts on gender inequalities are not often discussed. This webinar will reflect what a gender just trade policy would entail for the EU-Mercosur agreement and where it falls short.

After a two decade long negotiation, the European Commission concluded talks with the Mercosur countries -Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay- into a deal that has been contested ever since, by the European Parliament and several of the parliaments of the EU member states.

This webinar will offer simultaneous interpretation in English and Spanish. This webinar is organized by WIDE+ and the Gender Trade Coalition, in collaboration with Seattle2Brussels.d several of the parliaments of the EU member states.

Moderator: Edmé Dominguez, School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University, Sweden, board member GADIP and WIDE+

Speakers:
Graciela Rodriguez
Graciela Rodriguez work at the instituto equit, the institute for Gender, Economy and Global Citizenship in Brazil, and is a member of the Gender Trade Coalition. She has monitored the trade negotiations from a women’s rights perspective for the Mercosur region for a long time. She was the Global Coordinator of IGTN (International Gender and Trade Network) in the previous decade and a member of the Executive Coordination and the Gender WG of REBRIP – Brazilian Network for the Integration of Peoples in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.

Bettina Müller
Bettina Müller works at the NGO Powershift, which is a German non-governmental organization that promotes a sustainable economic alternative, through monitoring trade, raw materials and climate policy. She is an associate researcher with the Transnational Institute (TNI) and specialises on the trade and investment regime in Latin America and the Carribbean. She is part of the Seattle2Brussels, where she  involved in the EU-wide campaign “Rights for People, Rules for Corporations – Stop ISDS” and currently the campaign to stop the EU-Mercosur agreement from being concluded.

Alma Espino
Alma Espino is a researcher and professor at Institute of Economics, University of the Republic, Uruguay. Since 2013 she is President and member of the CIEDUR Board of Directors and coordinator of the Development and Gender area. Since 2003 she has been a professor in the Regional Training Program on Gender and Public Policy (PRIGEPP-FLACSO) and since 2006 she has belonged to the Latin American Working Group on Gender, Macroeconomics and International Economics. Espino has worked as a consultant for government agencies and ministries in the country and the region, as well as international organizations (World Bank, UNRISD, IDB, ECLAC, UNDP, ILO, and others). She is a member of the Board of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE).

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