Women, Just Trade, and the Central America Free Trade Agreement

Global Women's Project | Wed, May 5, 2004

By Farah Nageer
CAFTA, like the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) before itand the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) that is currently being negotiated, is yet another example of the failure of trade to positively impact the more than one billion people living in poverty
in the world today, the majority of whom are women. Ten years after its implementation, the differential gender impacts of NAFTA have yet o be examined and calls for gender assessments of the FTAA have gone un-heeded. By failing to include any analysis of how CAFTA may affect women and men differently, this trade agreement promises to further impoverish women throughout the region, endanger their health and well-being, and undermine their ability to protect their families, communities, environments, and livelihoods.

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