G-20 Urged To Keep Gender Issues In Mind

New Delhi, Nov 6: | Updated: Nov 7 2003, 05:30am hrs
The G-20 coalition of agriculture exporting countries should include gender interests in its negotiating strategies and proposals in the World Trade Organisation (WTO), womens groups participating in the recent symposium on trade, globalisation and gender organised by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) and United Nations Development Fund for Women (Unifem) have suggested.

The two day seminar held in New Delhi organised in association with the commerce ministry tried to assess the latest trends, opportunities and effects of trade liberalisation and globalisation on South Asian women, an official release said.

The studies from South Asia show that growth in exports have generated increase in employment but the increase in wages or improvement in living conditions are not commensurate with increased exports.

The symposium suggested that a task force should be set up at the national level to identify products that could provide livelihood opportunities to a large number of women.

All such products, like textiles, agri-products, handloom, dairy and craft, could be classified as gender sensitive products and be put on faster track of market access and liberalisation.

The symposium further recommended that each country should notify to the WTO an illustrative list of such products.