The International Trade Centre (ITC) has launched the SheTrades initiative to create an ecosystem of integrated solutions that empower women economically through trade. The SheTrades initiative aims to connect 3 million women to market by 2021; it rallies stakeholders around the world to work together on seven actions to address trade barriers and create greater opportunities for women entrepreneurs.
Application is currently open online for the 2019 SheTrades in the Commonwealth Programme, and is set to close by 15th February 2019.
The Project is funded by the UK Department for International Development.
Some of the benefits of the program for female entrepreneurs are: connection to potential customers, suppliers, investors and buiness support institutions, increased visibility, participation in B2B meetings, getting support to attend national, regional and international trade fairs, among numerous others.
All applicants to be considered must be Women-Owned Businesses (WOB): Your company/cooperative is at least 30% owned, managed and controlled by women; and is a legally registered and incorporated company head quartered in Bangladesh, Kenya , Ghana or Nigeria.