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Breaking Boundaries II-Women and the Free Trade Area of the Americas: Understanding the Connections

Global Women's Project | Wed, Oct 15, 2003

Breaking Boundaries II-Women and the Free Trade Area of the Americas: Understanding the Connections

This publication is a joint effort of participants in the U.S. Gender and Trade Network (USGTN). It is a popular education tool on ""Women and the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA)"" which includes analysis of the potential impacts of the FTAA from a gender perspective.This resource explores the impacts of privatization, deregulation, and NAFTA on services, investment, migration, militarization, labor, and agriculture and examines how this relates to regional integration in the Americas. This publication is available as a popular educational tool for activists with a particular focus on the U.S. experience.The resource booklet includes discussion questions and provides reference and background information that is useful in: (1) raising awareness among women and different communities across the U.S. about the impacts of free trade and the potential impacts of the FTAA and (2) mobilizing them to get involved in the debate and promote the common good through economic policymaking in the Americas.
What You Need to Know About WTO Ministerials

Global Women's Project | Wed, Aug 27, 2003

What You Need to Know About WTO Ministerials

"Did You Know That:
  • The World Trade Organization (WTO) was launched in 1995
  • WTO is mandated by its own charter to hold a Ministerial Meeting every two years
  • Ministerial Meetings bring together all the Trade and/or Commerce Ministers from the capitols of the member states
  • Ministerial Meetings are political agenda setting meetings not trade negotiations
  • Ministerial Meetings produce a Ministerial Declaration which sets the direction for WTO work for the next two years
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Gender, Health and Trade

Global Women's Project | Wed, Aug 27, 2003

Gender, Health and Trade

This document examines the link between gender, health and trade by looking at the impact of the privatization of health services on women. It also offers a close analysis of the negative implications of TRIPS negotiations that are currently taking place in the WTO. The document calls for an end to trading essential services such as health in the world trade system.
IGTN Update on the FTAA

Global Women's Project | Fri, May 16, 2003

IGTN Update on the FTAA

"Following the Quito Ministerial that took place in Ecuador in November, 2002, a variety of non-governmental groups reported on the possibility that the FTAA might be under distress due to heated political differences amongst governments over the potential losses, particularly in the area of agriculture. Five months later, it is hard to say what is truly at play."
What you need to know about CAFTA

Global Women's Project | Wed, May 7, 2003

What you need to know about CAFTA

Did You Know That:
  • The U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) is a free trade agreement that is currently being negotiated between the U.S. and the five Central American nations: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.
  • The negotiations officially began on January 8 and will continue once a month until December of 2003. The six negotiating governments plan to have the treaty finished and ready for approval by their national legislatures by the end of 2003.
  • Many trade experts think of CAFTA as an extension of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico. NAFTA has had extremely negative impacts on workers and marginalized peoples in all three countries.

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