WTO Investment Facilitation for Development Negotiations: A gender lens for action

This report identifies how World Trade Organization negotiators and signatories can mainstream gender considerations through the negotiations on Investment Facilitation for Development (IFD). It examines policies and regulations that can encourage investment that attracts women-owned businesses and empowers them economically. 


The report proposes that the IFD incorporate elements from agreements targeting gender equality and include provisions on responsible business conduct that explicitly reference domestic gender equality standards. IFD negotiations could ensure that the right for parties to regulate clearly includes gender equality policies and establish a gender subcommittee to monitor the gender impact of implementing IFD commitments.