Africa Rising

Empowering Women Through Trade

15 December
08:30 - 10:00
Tsavo Room Hilton


TDS LIVE|Empowering Women Through Trade

Session objectives 

Across the developing world, women participate significantly in trade – managing exporting firms, producing products destined for international markets, and transporting small and large consignments across borders. Yet despite their active participation in this sector, women face a number of gender–based constraints that undermine their economic activities, their profits, and their potential to grow their business. These include among others lack of access to capital, skills, production inputs and market information and international trading networks, the threat of harassment and extortion when crossing borders and the challenge of balancing their business with household duties. 

This session will highlight some of the trade-related constraints and obstacles that still exist for female traders and entrepreneurs in various countries and regions, and explain why tackling these is critical for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Speakers will go on to suggest specific policy reforms and programming options for addressing and overcoming these obstacles, as well as reiterating their own commitments to scaling up efforts for promoting women’s economic empowerment through trade. 


  • State Secretary for Enterprise and Innovation, Sweden
  • Executive Director, International Trade Centre
  • Enabling Environment Director/Team Leader, Southern Africa Trade Hub
  • Managing Director, Woni Veg-Fru Exporters and Importers Ltd.
  • Senior Director, Business Competitiveness, TradeMark East Africa
  • Director, East African Online Transport Agency Ltd
  • Deputy Permanent Representative to the WTO, Netherlands Mission to the United Nations and other International Organisations