Gender and Trade Coalition / Overview
The Gender and Trade Coalition (GTC) was initiated in March 2018 at a meeting of 13 feminist and progressive activists from around the world, co-convened by Regions Refocus and the South Centre. In the fight against austerity, privatization, deregulation, and liberalization, participants agreed on the need to forcefully counter the neoliberal co-optation of women’s rights as a means to deflect critiques and continue to expand the unjust trade system and exploit workers and the global South. With groups reiterating the critical role progressive movements and networks played in shaping progressive social change in the 2000s, the GTC was born.
After a period of groundwork, the GTC was officially launched in March 2019 on the margins of the 63rd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, as a network of women’s and allied organisations working to advance feminist trade analysis and equitable trade policy. The GTC is governed by an elected Steering Group, which guides the Coalition of over 300 organisations to strengthen the trade justice agenda by increasing consciousness, capacity, research, and advocacy for policy alternatives that promote a more just and sustainable world. This has included organising advocacy events in policy arenas such as the World Trade Organisation Public Forum, UN High Level Political Forum, and International Association for Feminist Economics Annual Conference; public statements; and an ongoing webinar series on topics ranging from women’s rights in the digital economy to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
The GTC is open to new organizations—endorse our Unity Statement to join us here, email us to join our mailing list, connect with us on Twitter, or read more about our work at www.gendertradecoalition.org
Steering Group 2019-2021ActionAid is a global federation working for a world free from poverty and injustice.
Steering Group 2019-2021Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law, and Development (APWLD): Over 30 years of advocacy, activism and movement building to advance women’s human rights and Development Justice
Association of Women's Rights in Development
Steering Group 2019-2021Our mission is to support feminist, women’s rights and gender justice movements to thrive, to be a driving force in challenging systems of oppression, and to co-create feminist realities.
Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era
Steering Group 2019-2021Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) is a network of feminist scholars, researchers and activists from the economic South working for economic and gender justice and sustainable and democratic development. DAWN provides a forum for feminist research, analyses and advocacy on global issues (economic, social and political) affecting the livelihoods, living standards, rights and development prospects of women, especially poor and marginalized women, in regions of the South. Through research, analyses, advocacy and, more recently, training, DAWN seeks to support women’s mobilization within civil society to challenge inequitable social, economic and political relations at global, regional and national levels, and to advance feminist alternatives.
Steering Group 2019-2021, Co-ChairAfrican Women's Development and Communications Network (FEMNET) mobilises African women for achievement of gender equality and the realisation of women’s and girls’ rights at all levels.
Gender and Development Network
Steering Group 2019-2021GADN is an influential network of UK-based NGOs and leading experts working with partners worldwide to put gender equality and women’s rights at the heart of international development.
La Red de Género y Comercio
Steering Group 2019-2021, Co-ChairThe Latin America Gender and Trade Network brings together Latin American women interested in researching and raising awareness of the gendered effects of economic policies and trade agreements, and the interests driving transnational corporations and other economic and social actors in the region. The Network promotes coordination with other women's organizations to organize critique and try to influence governments and international organizations, towards policies that promote economic justice and gender equality.
Pacific Network on Globalisation
Steering Group 2019-2021PANG is a Pacific regional network promoting economic justice in globalisation with specific attention to: accountability and transparency in economic and trade policy processes; poverty eradication; equitable development and sustainable livelihoods (opportunity, access, impact); and food security and environmental sustainability.
Public Services International
Steering Group 2019-2021We are a global trade union federation dedicated to promoting quality public services in every part of the world. Our members, two-thirds of whom are women, work in social services, health care, municipal and community services, central government, and public utilities such as water and electricity
Steering Group 2019-2021, Co-ChairBuilding cross-regional, cross-movement solidarity in the struggle for progressive and feminist economic policy.
Third World Network
Steering Group 2019-2021TWN’s mission is to bring about a greater articulation of the needs and rights of peoples in the South, a fair distribution of world resources, and forms of development which are ecologically sustainable and fulfill human needs
Third World Network-Africa
Steering Group 2019-2021Third World Network-Africa (TWN-Africa) is a Pan-African research and advocacy organization which works for economic and social equity within Africa and for an equitable place for Africa in the global order. Since 1994, we have focused on strategic development issues facing Africa in the age of globalization, such as extractives, trade and investment, international finance, gender and systemic inequalities and inequities as well as climate change, SAPs and Debt.
Women in Migration Network
Steering Group 2019-2021WIMN promotes women’s human rights at the center of all migration and development policy. Our network recognizes the intersectionality of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, migration status, disability, and national origin. WIMN convenes organizations and activists to expand rights-centered policies that prioritize the interests of diverse women and families affected by migration around the world.