Women’s economic empowerment
90% of the world’s businesses and more than half of global employment are concentrated in micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises, yet women run less than one-third of all small businesses.
ITC’s SheTrades Initiative targets all stakeholders across the trade and business ecosystem to provide women entrepreneurs and producers with access to key knowledge, resources, and networks. We also support policymakers on inclusive policy reforms, and leverage public and private sector partnerships to amplify the impact of our work.
We recognize that all women have the right to a decent income, employment, fair working conditions, and a choice and voice in shaping their economic futures and we are working towards these goals. This is why the SheTrades Initiative was established in 2015: to foster the right conditions and capacities for every woman, everywhere, to realise their full economic potential.
Mainstreaming gender into policies and data
SheTrades works at the multilateral, regional, and national levels to ensure that all women's needs and interests are considered, acted upon, and translated into results on the ground.
Promoting sustainable and inclusive trade requires political will, better data on trade and gender, and tailored policy measures that address the priorities and needs of women in each country.