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International Women's Day

  • To mark the 2020 International Women’s Day (8 March), the International Trade Centre (ITC) has developed a campaign that features inspiring women entrepreneurs from across the world supported by ITC, its funders and partners. The campaign, which is also featured on public transport in Geneva, Switzerland, lasts until mid-March 2020.

    Sustainable economic growth is a prerequisite for social development and as such, the world needs more emerging local and regional businesses to join the international market. As 40% of all small and medium-sized enterprises are owned by women, helping these businesses connect to international value chains has the potential to significantly boost the global economy.

    If women participated in the economy on equal footing as men with equal pay and access in the job market, it would add some $28 trillion to global annual GDP by 2025, according to McKinsey. To put that in perspective, it would be a 26% increase over the current growth – equivalent to adding another United States and China to the world economy.

    Click here to access the fact sheet.

    Join the campaign!

    Be inspired by these women in business and join the campaign! Share your own stories of women entrepreneurs who make a difference and whose stories show how important it is to continue supporting women empowerment in the economy.

    We need you to be a part of this campaign and help us raise awareness among your peers. Help us spread the word that advancing women’s equality in trade matters for everyone. Here are some simple steps:
    1. Look for Geneva bus Nos. 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 and 19 and tram Nos. 12, 14, 15, 17 and 18 featuring ITC’s Women in Business campaign.
    2. Strike a pose and take a selfie with it.
    3. Share it on social media tagging the International Trade Centre with the hashtags #IWD2020 and #EachforEqual.
    4. Look on our Trello board for this campaign for more ways to get involved.

    Some of the entrepreneurs, projects and partners featured in the campaign

    Keysi Carolina Rivera Molina, Founder and manager of APROCASAR from El Salvador, works with women artisans. She is part of the the e-commerce project ‘Linking Central American Women Business Enterprises with the Global Gifts and Home Decoration Market’, funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by ITC in collaboration with the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA) and other national partners to connect Central American women-led businesses from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama to export their handicrafts through ecommerce channels.

    Meet five entrepreneurs from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua

    To find out more, please visit www.intracen.org/Central-America-Women-and-e-commerce/

    Bhutanese handicraft textile producers, managers and designers such as Chimmi Choden have benefited from study tours organized by ITC and funded by the EU. It has empowered entrepreneurs and enterprises in Bhutanese handicraft sector and strengthen their export and production knowledge, including through meeting artisans in the Southeast Asian region that face similar constraints and challenges.

    To find out more, please visit http://www.intracen.org/projects/EU-Bhutan-Trade-Support/

    Ann Gakere, Managing Director of Webspace Ltd, from Uganda is a beneficiary of the Netherlands Trust Fund IV (NTF IV) - Export Sector Competitiveness Programme. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands supports ITC through the Dutch Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI) to build up community-based tourism in Myanmar, export capacity in IT and IT-enabled services in Senegal and Uganda, and value chains in cocoa and associated crops in Sierra Leone.
      
    To find out more, please visit www.intracen.org/ntf4/

    Women entrepreneurs in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Bangladesh are empowered by SheTrades Commonwealth, a project funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) with the aim to connect more women entrepreneurs in Commonwealth countries to markets. The project focuses on providing governments with better tools and information to implement gender-responsive policies and share best practices to increase the competitiveness of women entrepreneurs in the agriculture, apparel and services sectors.

    For find out more, please visit www.intracen.org/itc/women-and-trade/SheTrades/

    Gambian youths participated in a campaign on local economic opportunities funded by the European Union Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) and implemented by ITC – the Tekki Fii roadshow. The roadshow sought out to enable young people to see the benefits of choosing to “Make It Here” – or Tekki Fii in Wolof – by tapping economic opportunities in the country rather than going abroad through irregular migration.

    To find out more, please visit http://www.intracen.org/news/Countrywide-Tekki-Fii-roadshow-kicks-off-to-empower-Gambian-youth/

    ITC gratefully acknowledges its funders and partners in supporting women’s economic empowerment: The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs of Belgium, Global Affairs Canada, The Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), The European Union, Expertise France, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, The Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, The Ministry of External Affairs of India, International Gender Champion, IrishAid – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norwegian Refugee Council, The OPEC Fund for International Development, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), SheTrades, La Secretaría de Integración Económica Centroamericana (SIECA), The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UK Aid, United States Agency for International Development, and UPS.