Commonwealth Women’s Forum
|Apr 17, 2018 - Apr 17, 2018 |London,United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Commonwealth Women’s Forum

Join us at the Commonwealth Women’s Forum on 17 April 2018 from 14.00 to 15.15, for a panel “Diversity and Women’s Economic Empowerment: Transforming Economies through Inclusive Trade.” The panel is organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Business Forum, United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the International Trade Centre (ITC).

The session will highlight the challenges and opportunities for women in trade, highlight successful interventions in both the public and private sectors, and launch initiatives to promote women’s participation in trade that aim to increase economic growth and job creation in Commonwealth countries and position the Commonwealth at the forefront of delivering on an inclusive trade agenda. Women entrepreneurs are important drivers for overall economic expansion and poverty reduction in Commonwealth countries. Although the benefits to gain from trade are disproportionately higher for women-owned micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), they continue to face higher barriers than men-owned MSMEs. Home to nearly a third of the global population , each with a common language and similar legal systems and institutions, the Commonwealth has huge trade potential. By working together to promote internal trade and investments, especially for women-owned enterprises, Commonwealth members can drive economic growth, create jobs, and ensure the prosperity of their citizens. Women must be at the center to realize their aspirations and potential to strengthen an empowered future for women and girls.The panel discussion will feature:Moderator: Ms. Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)

  • Ms. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Canada
  • Ms. Kamina Johnson-Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica
  • Dr. Isatou Touray, Minister of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment, the Gambia
  • Ms. Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister of State for International Development and Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom
  • Mr. Olusegun Awolowo, Executive Director, CEO, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Nigeria
  • Ms. Rebecca Marmot, Vice President Global Partnerships and Advocacy, Unilever
  • Ms. Farhana A. Rahman, Chairperson and CEO, UY Systems Ltd, Bangladesh
Opportunities to Engage

We would like to showcase the range of great initiatives already taking place across the Commonwealth, and call on you to share case stories that exemplify good practices. Contributions, including text, quotes, and photographs, can be submitted using an online form and will be highlighted on social media.

During the Commonwealth Summit, participants and members are encouraged to engage on areas where measurable action can be taken to make trade more inclusive, including better understanding and responding to the impact of trade on women; promoting strategies, initiatives, and policies that create an enabling environment for women’s participation; and working with the private sector and business support organizations to support women-owned businesses.

For further information, please contact ITC’s Women and Trade Programme or visit us at to join the journey to connect one million women to international markets by 2020. If you cannot join us at the Commonwealth Women’s Forum, please join us through social media using #CWF

When: 17 April 2018
Where: Queen Elizabeth II Centre Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE UK

  • Date: Apr 17, 2018 - Apr 17, 2018
  • Type: conferences
  • Sector: Women Economic Empowerment
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  • Where: London,United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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