SheTrades AfCFTA

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Women’s economic empowerment is crucial to unlocking the full potential of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Funded by GIZ, the SheTrades: Empowering Women in the AfCFTA project aims to support women-owned businesses to benefit from trade opportunities created by the AfCFTA through capacity building, networking, and advocacy.


The project works with more than 50 women’s business associations across the continent to achieve the following:
✅ Raise awareness and understanding of women on priority topics related to the AfCFTA through knowledge tools, online modules, and advocacy;
✅ Develop recommendations on priority issues to integrate priorities for women’s economic empowerment into the AfCFTA;
✅ Discuss policy advocacy strategies and how to apply them to discussions with policymakers;
✅ Provide a platform for dialogue between women’s business associations and policymakers to agree on and operationalize the recommendations; and
✅ Strengthen women’s business associations across the continent to work better together.


To deliver results for women, SheTrades AfCFTA is jointly implemented with the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and Tralac.


Click here to view our project brochure and learn more about SheTrades AfCFTA.
SheTrades AfCFTA Resources

A Survey of African Women’s Business Associations - Results Analysis (2021)

Products & Markets with Export Growth Potential in COMESA (2021)

Reforming public policy ― step by step. An Introduction to Dialogue & Advocacy for Women’s Business Associations

Reformer la politique publique (Français)

Policy Briefs
Recommendations for policymakers

Recommendations for policymakers (English)

Recommandations aux décideurs (Français)

Sectoral Policy Briefs

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