WEEGE in Trade Facilitation

In today’s interconnected global economy, USAID is concerned with the movement of people, goods, and services across borders. As an emerging economic force, women face particular barriers in participating in the global economy and engaging with customs and border agencies.

To better understand the context, opportunities and challenges and to explore innovative ways to integrate, address and strengthen WEEGE in trade, the WEEGE in Trade Facilitation: The Role of Customs and Border Services report answered three questions.

  1. To what extent is 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?

The report and related fact sheet (in English, French, and Spanish) present findings and recommendations on promoting WEEGE in customs and border agency services, operations, and personnel management to support women in trade.