COVID-19 Trade Policy at Work WTO (Negotiations, Regular Work, Leadership)

Impacts of Covid-19 on Women in the Global Trade Market: Analysing Gender Implications in Developing and Least Developed Countries

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected women and men differently, additionally, it has made pre-existing gender inequalities worse. The economic and social impacts of the pandemic have rolled back the strides made in respect of women’s participation in the labour force in the past decades, especially in developing countries. Continuous social and economic lockdowns, barriers to trade, increased tariffs and loss of jobs have had a profound impact on women’s participation in trade. This note outlines the impact of Covid-19 on trade, the reaction of developing countries towards these impacts and the gender sensitive measures that have been put in place in various developing and least developed countries.