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Gender and Trade Dialogue Group

May 19, 2016

- Jakarta

TPSA’s gender equality strategy seeks to ensure equitable access by men and women to opportunities that will ultimately facilitate increased Indonesian exports to Canada. The kickoff meeting for the Gender and Trade Dialogue Group was held in Jakarta in May 2016, with 21 participants representing government, business associations, and private companies. The TPSA gender team facilitated the meeting. Participants agreed that GTG members would share their knowledge and experience on gender equality issues, particularly in TPSA’s industries of focus (coffee, apparel, and footwear). The TPSA gender and trade survey will identify and raise awareness of barriers that may inhibit small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) owned or operated by women from exporting to Canada. The strategy will also build stakeholder understanding of how gender may affect access to international trade opportunities.