Larisa Cojocari is one of many women in Moldova who has got support to improve her textile business through the “Women for business” project, carried out by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), with financial support from Sida.
Foto: Nicolae Cushchevici
Trade Policy in Eastern Europe - Why Gender Matters
When: Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
Time: 9.00-11.00(the events starts 9 am sharp, so please register from 8.30)
Venue: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm, Hörsalen (Auditorium)
Trade and Gender Equality are two cornerstones for sustainable economic growth in the Eastern Partnership* region and it is a priority in Sweden’s support to the EU-integration process. But what are the effects of the trade policies and agreements on women and men in Eastern Europe? And what can development cooperation do to minimise inequalities that can arise from trade, and rather maximise the benefits?
A newly released gender analysis of the EU Association Agreement including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (AA/DCFTA) shows that trade policies impact men and women differently. Implementing the trade agreements in the right way can positively influence the food prices, product safety, distribution of income between men and women and create new employment and business opportunities. Nevertheless, there is a need to act in a responsive way and to assure the results are inclusive and beneficial for all residents.
Welcome to a Development Talks where we want to discuss the effects of trade policies on women and men in Eastern partnership states* and how gender equality can contribute to sound business management and economic growth.
The event will be interactive, gathering international and national gender and trade experts and targeting a broad audience. This Development Talks is hosted by Sida, together with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the European Commission. Don’t miss out!
* The Eastern Partnership is a joint initiative involving the EU, its Member States and 6 eastern European partners: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
Moderator: Karin Bruce, Tällberg Foundation
08:30 Coffee and registration
9:00 Welcoming remarks
Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director General, Sida
9:10 The effects of trade on women and men in Eastern Europe
Basic framework for understanding free trade agreements and trade liberalisation, and how it can affect women and men differently. Findings from a new report on gender impact assessment of the DCFTAs will be presented. What is the role of government, private sector and other institutions, including the civil society?
Mrs Andrea Spear, Trade and Gender expert, Indevelop
9:30 Key note speech
Oscar Stenström, State secretary to the Minister for Enterprise and Innovation
9:45 Key priorities for the Eastern European partner countries
Panel discussion with representatives from the Eastern European partner countries reflecting on different actions and priorities related to trade policy and gender equality.
Representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine
10:15 Good practices of initaitives to promote economic opportunities
Panel discussion on ongoing initiatives to promote women’s economic empowerment in Eastern Europe.
Charlotte Ruhe, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Torbjörn Becker Stockholm School for Transition Economics
Britt-Marie Torstensson, WINNET
10:55 Concluding remarks
Christina Hartler, Deputy Director, Departement for Europe and Latin America, Sida.