Western and Central Africa
Eastern and Southern Africa
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Sustainable economic growth and achievement of development goals is possible only through the active participation of women. The economic empowerment of women – especially through their involvement in trade – creates job opportunities for all people, including men and youth. Women invest more in their families than men do, in areas ranging from education to health and nutrition, creating a secure foundation for the future of their families and communities.
ITC’s Women and Trade Programme works with governments, the private sector and trade support institutions to bring greater economic benefit to women through increased participation in export trade.
The Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors aims to increase the share of corporate, government and institutional procurement secured by women vendors.
The projects funded under the Women and Trade programme aim to increase the economic benefits business women in developing countries derive from their participation in international trade.
Current projects focus on coffee, cotton, agribusiness, textile and include initiatives to increase business ownership and to ensure gender mainstreaming in all of ITC’s initiatives.