The burden of poverty is not shared equally. In most developing nations, low-income women experience unique barriers that hinder their ability to lift themselves out of poverty. These include discriminatory public policies and cultural biases, which prevent them from accumulating enough assets to start a business.

In her chapter in the IRPP’s new trade volume, Arancha González, the executive director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), makes the economic case for incorporating gender into trade policy design. She stopped by the podcast to discuss how women in developing countries can be empowered by connecting more small and medium-sized enterprises to global trade networks.

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