Trade, Gender and Equity in Latin America : Knowledge for Political Action

Ongoing trade reforms and economic restructuring in Latin America have implications for gender equity. Trade reforms often trigger or reinforce women's participation in paid labour markets. At the same time, governments often attempt to achieve macroeconomic stability by pulling back from public services, including services that are essential to human reproduction such as care of the young, the elderly and the ill. Since women already play a disproportionate role in providing these services, they may end up overworked and with less control over their lives as a result of such trade reforms.

This project will analyze the complex trade liberalization-gender equity nexus, focusing on one neglected aspect: the two-way interaction between the monetary economy and the (mostly unpaid) care economy in six Latin American Countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay). The research will address gaps and highlight entry points for equity-oriented policy changes.

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Start Date

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

End Date

Monday, June 29, 2009


24 months

IDRC Officer

Rius, Andrés

Total funding

CA$ 352,841


Argentina, South America, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, North and Central America, Uruguay


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Alma Espino


Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios sobre el Desarrollo, Uruguay

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