New WIDE+ Briefing Paper on transforming EU Trade Policy to protect Women’s Rights (EN, DE, ES, FR)

Policy makers in and outside Europe have since 2017 discovered a gender divide in the trade policy and are starting to introduce specific policies to promote women’s economic empowerment. However these new policies and reflections fall short of a trade policy that effectively promotes and protects the rights of women. This briefing paper published by … Continue reading New WIDE+ Briefing Paper on transforming EU Trade Policy to protect Women’s Rights (EN, DE, ES, FR)

WIDE+ together with more than 160 Civil Society associations called on Governments to reject the WTO Declaration on “Women’s Economic Empowerment”

Women’s rights organisations and allies, including WIDE+, called on state parties to the World Trade Organisation to refrain from adopting the proposed “Joint Declaration on Trade and Women's Economic Empowerment”. This declaration fails to address the adverse impact of WTO rules and instead appears to be designed to mask the failures of the WTO and … Continue reading WIDE+ together with more than 160 Civil Society associations called on Governments to reject the WTO Declaration on “Women’s Economic Empowerment”

WTO Meeting: refusal of CSO participation and gender legitimizing neo-liberal trade policies

The World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference ended this week on 13 December in Argentina without any substantive deal being concluded, but with several lows. The meeting was off to a bad start when the Argentinean government refused entry of  Civil Society members. This decision, which was called into question by participating member states, including the … Continue reading WTO Meeting: refusal of CSO participation and gender legitimizing neo-liberal trade policies

WIDE+ joins 300 CSOs to call for fairer trade rules at WTO meeting

This week, trade Ministers from only 35 countries are attending a “mini-Ministerial” in Morocco which is intended to solidify the agenda for the upcoming 11th Ministerial Conference of the 164-member WTO (MC11) to be held December 10-13, 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Members of 300 civil society organisations from over 150 countries have sent an … Continue reading WIDE+ joins 300 CSOs to call for fairer trade rules at WTO meeting