Free Trade or Women's Rights?

Jan 4, 2018 | 14:36 GMT

The benefits of multilateral trade deals have largely passed women by, since they are most commonly engaged in the informal sector, less likely to hold large amounts of capital, less likely to have secure land rights and more likely to benefit from public expenditures than are men.

An Indian woman prepares her stall with containers of fresh water insects and frogs for sale at a food market in Dimapur, in the northeastern state of Nagaland, on November 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO

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Multilateral trade agreements offer a way for countries to boost their exports and overall economic activity and open up new opportunities for highly skilled workers. But the drawbacks of neoliberal trade policy are many, not least of all for women....

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