International Gender and Trade Network

IGTN connects feminist gender specialists who provide technical information on gender and trade issues to women's groups, NGOs, social movements, governments, and academic institutions. IGTN also acts as a political catalyst to enlarge the space for a critical feminist perspective and global action on gender, trade, and globalization issues.

IGTN is a Southern-led network that builds South/North cooperation with the aim of developing more just and democratic trade policies from a critical feminist perspective. It is currently organized in seven regions: Africa, Asia, Central Asia, Europe Latin America, Middle East and Gulf, and North America. Its Secretariat is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with an office in Geneva Switzerland. Two members of the Global Women's Project sit on the Steering Committee.

IGTN has a four-fold political agenda:

  1. To support global and regional economic integration rules and processes that build sustainability of the productive (cash economy) and social reproductive (care economy) work of all people, particularly women; and to oppose all rules and processes that compromise that work;
  2. To monitor negotiations in order to expose and oppose undemocratic trade rules in the WTO and regional trade fora. IGTN's goal is to reduce the scope of the WTO and all trade agreements to specific trade issues;
  3. To build alternatives from a feminist perspective; and
  4. To work to achieve just and democratic economic policy domestically and globally.

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Additional Resources

  • Hong Kong Ministerial Advocacy Document (IGTN - December, 2005)

  • Representatives from each of the eight regions of the International Gender and Trade Network developed these policy positions in preparation for the WTO Sixth Ministerial. The positions specifically address the WTO Agreement on Agriculture and Food Sovereignty; Non-Agricultural Market Access and Autonomous Industrialization; General Agreement on Trade in Services and Social Reproduction; Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights and Knowledge Reproduction; Special and Differential Treatment and Trade-Related Technical Assistance

  • A Turning Point of the Negotiations in the Doha Development Round: Hopes Not To Be Deceived (Mariarosaria Iorio - July 2007)
Update on the state of negotiations after draft modalities on agriculture (JOB (07)/128) and NAMA (JOB (07)/126) were issued on 17 July 2007.