Gender Research Group

An initiative developed and led by ICTSD with the support of the World Trade Organization
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1 October 2018
This fourth meeting of the Gender Research Group will review and gain perspectives on key trade policy lessons stemming from a corpus of analyses related to gender & value chains as developed by ICTSD in the recent years. 
The substantive inputs, policy recommendations and expertise that will emerge from the discussions will contribute to, consolidate the analyses currently underway in order to advance international technical discussions on how developing countries can realise women's economic opportunities by harnessing the potential arising from evolving production structures focusing specifically on key trends such as the rise of digital trade and disruptive technologies, the intensification of standards in value chains and, on the other hand foster the dialogue on how to maximize the relationship between women entrepreneurs, financial services  in the context global value chains.
Ultimately, ICTSD will leverage the knowledge generated during this meeting to develop and refine a comprehensive African regional engagement strategy on gender and trade so as to ensure that gender can effectively be mainstreamed in the implementation and remaining negotiating phases of the African Continental Free Trade Area.
ICTSD gratefully acknowledges funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for part of the research developed under this initiative.
This event is by invitation only

Anoush der Boghossian was appointed the WTO's first focal point on gender by Director-General Roberto Azevêdo in 2017.  Anoush works in the Aid for Trade Unit of the WTO's Development Division and was a senior member of the team that delivered the Global Review of Aid for Trade in 2017.  Prior to joining the Development Division in 2016, Ms der Boghossian worked in the Information and External Relations Division of the WTO.  She worked first as a French Language Spokesperson for the WTO and then as NGO Liaison Officer and Social Media Manager.  At IERD, she was also managed successive Public Forums between 2013-2016.  Among her educational achievements, she has a Masters in European Law from the Universite de Rennes I.

Deborah VORHIES is ICTSD’s Managing Director. She holds an MBA and earlier degrees in law and finance. Prior to joining ICTSD, Mrs. Vorhies spent six years with the International Finance Corporation (IFC and World Bank Group), developing and managing its Biodiversity portfolio.She also worked as Coordinator of the Trade and Environment Programme of the United Nations Environment Programme, folllowing various positions and lecturing in International Economic Development, Finance and Law. Mrs.Vorhies is a citizen of France and South Africa.

Ben Shepherd, the Principal of Developing Trade Consultants, is a trade economist and international development consultant. He has worked on a wide range of trade and development issues with organizations such as the World Bank, the OECD, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. He specializes in providing policy-relevant research, as well as capacity-building seminars for researchers working in trade and development. He has published more than a dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals, and a similar number of book chapters.

Ben’s particular areas of expertise include:

  • Trade Policy
  • Global Value Chains
  • Trade Facilitation and Logistics
  • Trade in Services

Prior to starting DTC, Ben was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from France’s leading public policy school, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). He has also completed graduate studies at Cambridge University in the UK, and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

Sally is a senior consultant specialising in gender, market systems, and inclusive and sustainable development. She has in-depth knowledge of sustainability standards and certification schemes in global production systems and value chains, and a comprehensive history of research and advisory services to public, private and not-for-profit agencies. Recent assignments include: gender audit for the UK's Ethical Trading Initiative and analysis of member companies' gender-related activities; research on women's participation and leadership in Fairtrade-certified cooperatives and support for development of a Gender Strategy for Fairtrade International; scoping study on women's economic empowerment in Africa and the Middle East for the Open Society Foundations; and development of living wage and living income benchmarks in Ghana for ISEAL Alliance and partner organizations. From 2002 to 2010 Sally was a researcher at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, and prior to that held various management roles in the private sector (including eight years in Guatemala and Cambodia).