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.