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15 April 2019, 9:45 to 2 June 2019, 17:45


The objective of the course is to provide participants with the knowledge needed to analyse the two-way relationship between trade and gender, and ultimately produce gender-aware policy recommendations. To this end, the course introduces the concepts of trade and gender, and combines theory on the interaction between trade and gender with empirical evidence.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Look at the economy from a gender perspective;
  • Identify the channels through which trade impacts women’s economic empowerment and well-being and the channels through which gender inequality impacts trade performance and competitiveness;
  • Use the knowledge acquired to produce policy-oriented research that could be used by national policymakers, and academic papers investigating the interplay between trade and gender;
  • Contribute to mainstreaming gender in trade and other policies.

The topics covered in this course are currently an active area of research and policy development. An increasing number of researchers and policymakers are engaged in dissecting the relationship between trade and gender at the country and regional levels. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to contribute to this relevant area of research and policy-oriented work.

Description of the course content, as well as the course timetable, is provided in the link below.


Target audience and course prerequisites

The course targets academics (from universities and research centres), policymakers and representatives of civil society in developing and transition countries involved in research, teaching, policy formulation and implementation, advocacy or field work in the area of trade and gender. Qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. The number of participants is limited in order to ensure appropriate support throughout the course. Applicants must:

• Hold a Master's degree in economics, law, political science or related area;

• Have good knowledge of English.

In order to successfully complete course activities, participants should plan to devote 10-12 hours a week to the course.

Course fees: Thanks to support from the Governments of Finland, the participants who will be selected for the course will be exempt from fees associated with access to the course and e-tutoring services provided.

Certificate of completion: Participants with passing grades in the course (58 for the multiple-choice tests and 65 for the final essay) will receive a certificate of completion.

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2019. Participants will be advised of their selection by 5 April 2019.

Assistance with the online application process:  contact or

Requests for further information Ms. Simonetta Zarrilli Chief, Trade, Gender and Development Programme Division of International Trade and Commodities, UNCTAD E-mail: 


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