Latin American Women in International Trade

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Latin American Women in International Trade was a project for the WTO’s Public Forum created by Art Shapers. Building on the 2017 Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment, this exhibition sought to increase awareness of the significance of gender-responsive trade policies for empowering women.

Twenty-five photographers from Latin America were selected to showcase the challenging yet often inspiring experiences of working women in Latin America.

The exhibition highlighted the following:

  • Trade barriers disproportionately affect women in Latin America. This signals the need for a more inclusive trade policy to promote gender equality in developing countries.
  • As the main producers of traditional cultural goods, Latin American women play a pivotal role in sustaining the continent’s cultural heritage. The trading of these goods is a cornerstone to ensuring the cultural survival of native communities.
  • Trade acts as a driving force for enabling women to grasp opportunities for economic independence and is a catalyst for change, helping to reduce poverty and enhance the quality of life within communities.

This exhibition was made possible with the support of the World Trade Organization.

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