SheTrades Global is ITC’s flagship
event on women and the economy, serving as a unique opportunity to pioneer
lasting and innovative solutions for women’s participation in trade.
editions of SheTrades Global, held in the United Kingdom, Turkey, Brazil,
Rwanda, Mexico, and China, included representatives from over 85 countries and
generated over US$ 67 million of new business for women entrepreneurs. Events
featured high-level panels with many of the world’s leading companies,
government officials, and first ladies as well as 4000 pre-scheduled B2B
meetings, mentoring sessions with industry specialists, a tech challenge, and a
November 2019, thought-leaders will convene in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
for SheTrades Global 2019 to chart the next milestone in transforming the
global agenda on women and trade.
marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform
for Action and two years since the launch of Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade
and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Significant efforts have been made to speed
up progress on women’s participation in the economy and trade. To move the
needle, collaborative and innovative strategies are necessary to ensure
systematic and sustainable change.
SheTrades Global will feature talks by
high-level officials of the African Union Commission and Government of Ethiopia
as well as conversations with Trade Ministers, first ladies, and core private
sector partners. Themes that will be discussed include how free trade
agreements catalyze more inclusive trade for women, with a spotlight on the
African Continental Free Trade Area; innovative tools that promote trade and
women’s economic empowerment such as the SheTrades Outlook; and priorities that
SheTrades private sector partners are acting upon.