Women’s economic empowerment has remained a prominent feature of the global development agenda for decades. While significant progress has been made, we are still lightyears away from reaching gender equality.
In 2015, consultations with global thought leaders revealed persistent barriers between key actors and the building blocks of women’s entrepreneurial development: gender-disaggregated data, inclusive policies, skills development, and access to markets and finance.
What became clear was that advancing women’s economic empowerment through trade is not only a matter for government policy, the private sector, or society alone—we all have critical roles to play.
This is why the International Trade Centre
(ITC), the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations, launched its flagship Women and Trade Programme, the ITC SheTrades Initiative.