A new report says the role of women in the export sector is not as advanced as in the New Zealand economy generally. The report by the OECD and our Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade shows that this impacts on our primary industries since 81.8% of New Zealand trade involves goods from the primary sector. Women still comprise just 40% of the export-related workforce, compared with 47% of the New Zealand-wide workforce across all sectors. While women’s’ participation has grown faster than that of their male counterparts, the growth rate is still lower than it is in other industries. New Zealand is ranked fourth globally out of 180 countries for gender equality by the World Economic Forum, but that could be improved by making trade agreements more gender sensitive.