Fact Sheet: Women’s Economic Empowerment and Gender Equality in Trade Facilitation—The Role of Customs and Border Services

  • Date Posted: December 22, 2020
  • Authors: Lindsey Spanner
  • Organizations: Banyan Global
  • Document Types: Primer or Brief
  • Donor Type: US Agency for International Development


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Through its efforts to support women’s economic empowerment and gender equality (WEEGE), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is committed to enhancing women’s roles in trade. To better understand the context, opportunities, and challenges and to explore innovative ways to integrate, address, and strengthen WEEGE in trade, Banyan Global conducted a WEEGE assessment focusing on three questions: 1) To what extent are women’s economic empowerment and gender equality integrated into customs and border agency services, operations, and personnel management, across various functions? 2) How do WEEGE gaps in services affect women participating in trade? 3) What changes may be needed in processes, procedures, infrastructure, and systems to achieve more equitable access, treatment, and opportunities for women in trade? This brief details Banyan Global's WEEGE assessment.