Monitoring gender impacts of trade
In the light of increased attention to trade impacts on labour conditions, poverty, and the environment, this article focuses on trade impacts on gender [in]equality. Gender impacts of trade have received hardly any attention so far from policy-makers. At the same time, however, gender equality has increasingly been accepted as an important objective in a variety of policy areas, reflecting a trend towards gender mainstreaming. This article will provide a tool for policy-makers to mainstream gender into trade policies. The tool consists of a set of gender and trade indicators, which will be constructed on the basis of available literature on gender and trade relationships. The indicators will relate trade performance variables to variables measuring gender inequality. Together, the set of indicators provides policy-makers with a sketchy but simple tool to monitor consistency between trade policies on the one hand and gender policies on the other hand.