EXPERTS COMMENT ON THE GENDER DIMENSION OF
AID FOR TRADE
HEAR WHAT WOMEN HAVE TO SAY
Nigest Haile, Ethiopia
Executive Director, Center for African Women's Economic
describes the benefits of training women entrepreneurs
Florence Kata, Uganda
Executive Director, Uganda Export Trade Promotion Board
explains how her government is bringing a gender dimension to trade
Mary Malunga, Malawi
Executive Director, National Association of Business Women,
stresses creating a dialogue with policy-makers to involve women in
The challenge: do it differently
"Investing in women and girls has a multiplier effect on
productivity and sustained economic growth. Investing in women is
not only the right thing to do. It is the smart thing to do." Ban
Ki Moon, Secretary-General, United Nations.
Poverty persists in part as a result of inequality in access to
and control over resources and opportunities - including those
needed to trade. If we truly want to tackle poverty we must do
things differently: we must empower women to succeed in business
and trade and change the business environment that is not currently
geared to supporting women.
ITC's Women and Trade Programme helps governments and trade
support institutions invest in women, while empowering women
themselves to achieve export success.
Did you know?
Women own 1% of the world's wealth, have a 10% share in global
income and occupy 14% of leadership positions in the private and
Of the 1.4 billion people living on less than $1 a day, 70% are
women and girls.
"Women make up the majority of the world's poor. To make a
sustained impact on reducing poverty, trade development strategies
must empower women. The shake-out in demand for goods and services
resulting from the food, fuel and financial crises raises important
"How can we convert export potential into revenue that fosters
human development and reduces poverty? We need to focus on business
sectors that have both export potential and high human development
impact, particularly for women. We need to assess and address
gender-based constraints to trade. We need to empower women so that
they, too, can power trade."
Patricia R. Francis, Executive Director International Trade