Webinar - Assessing the Impact of Trade Agreements on Women’s Economic Empowerment

POST EVENT

On 12 December 2019, the WE EMPOWER G7 Team hosted "Assessing the Impact of Trade Agreements on Women’s Economic Empowerment" webinar. This webinar explored ways to measure the success of trade agreements on women’s economic empowerment by looking at the opportunities for women exporters and women in the labour market economy. The session focused on the recent Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and analyzed the model for measuring and capturing inclusive gender-sensitive data to assess the impact of trade agreements and better inform inclusive trade agreements.

THE EVENT

The recent wave of gender responsive trade agreements marks a global shift in trade policy whereby governments are actively seeking ways to develop and implement inclusive trade agreements.

Despite global good intentions – questions remain. How do we measure the success of trade agreements from a gender perspective? How do we understand the impact of trade agreements on women’s economic empowerment? Are women really benefiting from the free trade agreements? 

This webinar will explore ways to measure the success of trade agreements on women’s economic empowerment by looking at the opportunities for women exporters and women in the labour market economy. This webinar will focus on the recent Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and will propose a model for measuring and capturing inclusive gender-sensitive data to assess the impact of trade agreements and better inform inclusive trade agreements.


REGISTER TO ATTEND THE WEBINAR 

 

OPENING REMARKS:

Diana Rusu, Innovation and Knowledge Management for Women’s Economic Empowerment Specialist, UN Women

MODERATOR:

Jennifer Cooke, Corporate Lead, Women in Trade Export Development Canada

PANELISTS: 

Liva Andersone, Policy Officer, Unit of Trade and Sustainable Development of the Directorate-General for External Trade of the European Commission

Stephane Lambert, Counsellor and Head of Trade Economic and Science & Technology Policy; Mission of Canada to the European Union 

Anu Peltola, Statistician, Development Statistics and Information Branch – United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

 

Jennifer Cooke, Corporate Lead, Women in Trade Export Development Canada

Jennifer joined EDC in 2010 to work directly with Canadian companies and help them succeed in international markets. As the new Corporate Lead for EDC’s Women in Trade Strategy, Jennifer is focused specifically on helping more women entrepreneurs export to grow their business. Working directly, as well as through key partners, EDC is offering specialized trade knowledge, facilitating trade with financing and insurance, and providing connections to enable companies to go, grow and succeed globally. Jennifer is inspired by Canadian entrepreneurs and believes strongly in the untapped potential to grow Canada’s economy by empowering more women-owned and -led businesses to scale and grow beyond borders. Jennifer is dedicated to removing barriers and to delivering the best customer experience by providing companies the knowledge and expertise they need to make their mark in international markets.

 

 

Liva Andersone, Policy Officer, Unit of Trade and Sustainable Development of the Directorate-General for External Trade of the European Commission

In her current role as a trade and gender focal point in DG TRADE, Liva is working to integrate gender dimension in EU’s trade policy. Previously Liva worked for the Secretariat -General of the European Commission responsible for the better regulation agenda, with particular focus on impact assessments. Before that, she was part of the European Commission team negotiating an international climate agreement. Before joining the European Commission, Liva was part of the Latvian civil service working on climate policies. She holds a master degree in environmental economics.

 

Stephane Lambert, Counsellor and Head of Trade Economic and Science & Technology Policy; Mission of Canada to the European Union 

Stéphane has been a member of the Canadian Public Service for 16 years. In his current role as Counsellor and Head of Trade at the Mission of Canada to the European Union he oversees Canada’s trade framework with the European Union and manages Canada’s economic and science and technology ties with EU institutions. In his previous role, as Director General of Trade Strategy and Portfolio Coordination at Global Affairs Canada, Stéphane developed approaches to meet Canada’s goals for trade, including through the conception, implementation and tracking of trade promotion strategies, inclusive measures to help small and medium-sized enterprises succeed in international markets, and partnerships with other institutions and the private sector.

 

Anu Peltola, Statistician, Development Statistics and Information Branch – United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Anu Peltola currently serves as Statistician at UNCTAD developing methodologies and carrying out analytical work related to measuring UN Sustainable Development Goals in the areas of trade and development, technology, finance and investment – recently published in the UNCTAD SDG Pulse. Her work focuses on projects to advance the measurement of the gender impacts of trade and developing an SDG indicator to measure illicit financial flows across countries. Before coming to UNCTAD, she worked at UNECE Statistical Division leading projects to modernize statistical legislation, promote the value of official statistics and launch new work on climate change statistics in the realm of official statistics.

 

Useful Resources:

CETA factsheet  

CETA overview: the 7 main parts of the agreement

In Figures: the EU-Canada rel="noopener noreferrer" trade relationship 

CETA infographic 

How to trade with Canada: information for EU exporters

Exporting to the EU – A guide for Canadian business


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