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  • ISSUE 3-4/2008

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  • In Tunisia, the ACCESS! Programme for African Businesswomen in International Trade is paving the way for women artisans to export their products.

    In the current financial crisis, governments need to provide opportunities for women living in poverty by including them in policy dialogue.

    The Arab International Women's Forum is enhancing the leadership capacity of Arab women by promoting their role in the economy and public life.

    Six trade ministers of African countries dependent on cotton exports have called for fair play in the international trade of cotton and for rich countries to close the gap between pledges and delivery of aid to the African cotton sector while outstanding trade issues are worked out.

    Global Summit of Women 14 -16 May, 2009, Santiago, Chile The 2009 Global Summit of Women focuses on the emergence of women as political and business leaders. Now in its 19th year, this summit brings together women government ministers, corporate leaders and professionals from non-profit organizations to accelerate women's economic progress worldwide. Organizations representing nearly 400 000 women on six continents will participate.

    Delegates from over 160 countries met in Doha, Qatar from 29 November to 2 December 2008, for the follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development. The conference reviewed progress achieved under the 2002 Monterrey Consensus, which addresses such issues as domestic resource mobilization, official development assistance, trade, foreign direct investment and debt relief in developing countries.

    The World Bank Group will speed funds to the world's poorest countries to help them cope with falling revenues, investment and trade in the wake of the global financial crisis. An initial $2 billion will be available to the hardest-hit countries to finance expenditures needed to maintain economic stability and sustain growth, address volatility and protect the poor.

    Global corporations are learning that buying from businesses owned by women is vital for economic growth. Initiatives like WEConnect International are providing the essential link.

    A partnership between ITC and an Indian bank has shown how lenders can safely use competency as collateral against small business loans.

    During 2007 ITC increased the overall delivery of its technical cooperation activities, including client-oriented and change management initiatives, by 14%. It was a year of refocusing, realignment and reform for the organization. The outcome was greater impact in service delivery during the year, together with a much stronger platform for sustainable growth. The more targeted and active operations are in line with ITC's focus on "Export Impact for Good".ITC moved from transition to a full change management process during the year aimed at making the organization more responsive and impact-oriented. Change was implemented across the organization with key reform measures initiated in the areas of human resources, results-based management, needs assessments, corporate planning and resource mobilization.

    In many nations, the fight against poverty is both an ethical issue and a security imperative. Women leaders are convening in Liberia to commit to action to empower women at all levels to become effective leaders as it contributes to peace and international security - the precondition for development and poverty reduction.

    In communities around the world, strong and dedicated women are breaking gender stereotypes to earn  the income they need to support their families.

    Bringing women together to share skills, contacts and positive attitudes could help us all to navigate through these uncertain economic times.

    By connecting women around the world, the Organization of Women in International Trade is fostering powerful networks that help them to grow as leaders in business.

    By involving women in national economic policy, Canada is forging a model for empowering women and building the strength of domestic and global marketplaces.Women are stepping forward as never before. They are becoming leaders, financial managers, business strategists, risk-takers and entrepreneurs.

    By producing and exporting shea butter to The Body Shop, an enterprising collective in northern Ghana is improving conditions for women and their communities. An ITC initiative in Mali shows similar potential through government strategy.

    Governments have committed to eradicating all forms of descrimination against women. Enlightened trade policies take the gender dimensioninto account.

    By incorporating gender equality into trade policy, Cambodia is empowering women and boosting national economic performance.French poet and writer Louis Aragon once said, "Woman is the future of man", expressing his vision of a society that allows women to be more in charge of its destiny. It sounds so inspirational, but can it be realized?

    When disaster strikes, it's usually up to women to rebuild the necessities of daily life. For many, setting up business in conflict zones is a trading reality. Women with international experience are reaching out with innovative business models to build new skills, seek new orders and create hope for women displaced by war.

    By using innovative new materials, African women are competing in the popular ethical fashion market around the world.

    The United Nations has a wide range of information resources related to women in the global economy.They look at women's business and trade issues on topics as diverse as labour rights, intellectual property, agriculture and more. Here is a sample of what is available.

    The United Nations has a wide range of information resources related to women in the global economy.They look at women's business and trade issues on topics as diverse as labour rights, intellectual property, agriculture and more. Here is a sample of what is available.

    From Canada to Cambodia and more, policy-makers in this online edition share inspiration to integrate women in pro-poor national development frameworks.Cambodians make a forceful case for coordination between ministries and responsible stakeholders. Canada's push for equality is backed by research showing that equal opportunity could bring the country $168 billion more in income, an extra 1.6 million jobs for women and a whopping 21% increase in its Gross Domestic Product. Similarly, Ugandans just revisited their National Export Strategy to leverage the power of women to generate wealth and fight poverty.Reducing poverty can only happen with sustainable revenue that comes from trade, not aid. A hidden key to success in least developed countries is to get the trade diagnostics right - and identify trade constraints specific to women. The Enhanced Integrated Framework offers a means of addressing such constraints, weaving solutions into national development plans.

    A selection of professional business women's organizations, associations and events

    Around the world, women play a major role in the production of coffee. A handful of international associations are working to ensure their access to equal ownership and employment conditions.

    The Enhanced Integrated Framework for Trade-Related Technical Assistance to Least Developed Countries (EIF) brings together six international agencies to help least developed countries integrate trade capacity building in national development strategies.