SheTrades AfCFTA

What is SheTrades AfCFTA? 

 

Funded by GIZ, The SheTrades: Empowering Women in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) project aims to empower women-owned businesses to benefit from trade opportunities created by the AfCFTA through capacity-building, networking, and advocacy.

 

⚫ Bringing together women’s business associations and policy-makers to discuss concrete policy options

⚫ Jointly implemented with the African Union Commission, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

 

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) can:

✔️ Boost economic development

✔️ Promote industrialization

✔️ Increase Africa’s share of global trade.

 

Women’s economic empowerment is crucial to maximise the AfCFTA impact on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Three barriers stand in the way of women being able take advantage of the agreement:

  1. Scarce technical knowledge on leveraging the AfCFTA for women’s economic empowerment
  2. Low engagement of women’s business associations in AfCFTA processes;
  3. Need for high-level political leadership to follow through with the gender equality goal enshrined in the AfCFTA.

 

The project tackles these challenges by empowering women’s business associations in order to engage trade negotiators, enhance their policy advocacy skills and create a continental network. Moreover, ITC is working to enhance their ability to navigate the COVID-19 recovery phase.

 

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