WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: A gender lens for action

This report advises governments on tackling gender inequality and promoting women’s economic empowerment when implementing the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA). It recommends helping women traders access vital information about their rights, border crossing times, fees and formalities, and encouraging compliance and formalized practices by adjusting enforcement measures.


Governments should offer legal aid and training to women traders, train government and customs agents to curb harassment and abuse, and create consultation and dialogue platforms, the report says. Electronic filing platforms would enable women to access digital solutions and raise their awareness about using digital technology. 

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