Virtual Institute online course on trade and gender PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 October 2016 14:25

Scholarships available!

Economic development and social and cultural shifts have contributed to a decrease in gender-related inequalities across the world. However, these shifts cannot be considered an automatic outcome of development but rather the result of concerted policy action and resource allocation for gender equality. Taking a gender perspective has helped to reveal a number of structural inequalities between men and women in social, economic and political spheres, and encouraged the implementation of measures to redress them. Efforts to mainstream gender equality in policymaking have been critical in this regard. 

In an effort to enhance the knowledge about the links between trade and gender among stakeholders in developing and transition countries, the UNCTAD Virtual Institute (Vi) and the Trade, Gender and Development Programme pooled their expertise to develop an online course on trade and gender.

The course, to be held 9 January to 26 February 2017, targets academics (from universities and research centres), policymakers and representatives of civil society in developing countries and countries with economies in transition who hold a Master's degree in economics, law, political science or related area. Excellent English skills are also required. Qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

More detailed information about the course is available at

The deadline for applications is 20 November 2016.

Thanks to the support from the Governments of Finland and Sweden, the selected participants will be exempt from the fees associated with access to the course and the e-tutoring services provided. Participants will also receive the course materials on a DVD free-of-charge.

We do hope that you will find this course of interest and would be most grateful if you could kindly disseminate the information about it to relevant audiences in your countries.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Simonetta Zarrilli
Chief, Trade, Gender and Development Programme
Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities, UNCTAD

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