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  • Empowering women, powering trade

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  • ISSUE 02/2012

    The last time International Trade Forum focused on women in trade was autumn 2008. That issue garnered an unprecedented response from our readers, becoming our most widely circulated edition yet. It was published at a time when interest shifted from women's empowerment to women's economic empowerment. This increased interest in helping more women succeed in trade – in particular women in developing countries highlighted gender-based constraints to trade. ITC’s response was the launch of the Women and Trade Programme in 2010.

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    01.07.2012

    Kuli Mungombe owns and operates a fishing rig with nine other women in Zimbabwe. The group entered the male-dominated industry last year after being provided with the boat, equipment and training, and have doubled their sales. These women join millions...

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    01.07.2012

    In a little more than a century, 40 women have won the Nobel Prize, and there is a steady improvement in the representation of women in national parliaments worldwide. Women have achieved levels of excellence that indeed have made our world a better...

    01.07.2012

    The relationship between trade and gender has been hotly debated. Some say that globalization has excluded or impoverished women, causing disproportionate job losses due to the influx of foreign goods into domestic markets. Others argue that increased...

    01.07.2012

    Over the past decade, and even more so in recent years, the numbers of policies and programmes focused on fostering women-owned businesses have risen dramatically. The escalating investment in women’s economic empowerment has come about for two reasons....

    01.07.2012

    Data from the most recent Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) suggest that women represent approximately one third of all new business activity and one fourth of established business activity in countries around the globe. These data represent an important...

    01.07.2012

    If you are in the business of poverty reduction, you have to believe in free trade. Trade is the engine of economic growth. It creates the wealth needed to build more schools, develop more health facilities and provide safe drinking water. The Government...

    01.07.2012

    Nearly 40 years ago, the government of Atlanta adopted sweeping and bold economic development policies to stabilize the city’s economy and expand business and job opportunities. Then-mayor Maynard Jackson, Jr., the first African American mayor of a major...

    01.07.2012

    The Government of Botswana has, on several occasions, called for greater economic empowerment of its citizens. The Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) has responded by examining its existing practices and requirements under the PPADB...

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    01.07.2012

    ‘She’s thanking you for her soft knees,’ said the Swahili translator. ‘Her what?’ The translator’s English was so heavily accented that I was not sure I had heard him correctly. The translator tried again. This time he pointed to his knees for emphasis...

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    In December 2011 in London, Jordanian firm Maisam Architects and Engineers was recognized with eight prestigious Arabian Property Awards for work spanning residential, public sector and commercial architecture. What is remarkable about this 50-person...

    01.07.2012

    During the Chinese New Year of 2007, I received a long distance call from the United Kingdom. The president of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Professor Roger Flanagan, was on the telephone and told me the board of the Institute had nominated...

    01.07.2012

    WEConnect International is a small non-governmental organization (NGO) with a big vision. Founded less than three years ago, the organization is striving to give women-owned businesses equal access to corporate and large-organization contracts. WEConnect...

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    01.07.2012

    As countries concentrate their efforts on meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, a hot topic is the development framework that will succeed the MDGs. United Nations Member States seeking to shape the post-2015 agenda are considering...

    01.07.2012

    When Facebook announced it was preparing an initial public offering, a lengthy Wall Street Journal editorial asked a crucial question: Since women are the majority of social media users, why are all the members of Facebook’s board of directors men? It...

    01.07.2012

    It was a passionate message by the Malaysian prime minister, welcomed after so many years of toil: ‘If we look at the progress we have made in Malaysia, there is no denying that a large part of it has been achieved thanks to the women of this country.’...

    01.07.2012

    In the wake of the financial crisis that has destroyed trillions of dollars of value, there is an urgent need for financial strategies that focus on long-term value creation. The corporate sector and governments need to understand, now more than ever,...

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    01.07.2012

    In 1999, Charlotte Robert took some time off from her job at the Swiss Ministry of Economy to learn Spanish in Costa Rica. During her walk to and from school each day, she was struck by the fragrance of the blossoms from a certain plant in many people’s...

    01.07.2012

    ITC’s Women and Trade Programme aims to help women entrepreneurs and women in export-oriented value chains derive greater economic benefit from their participation in trade. Phase I runs from 2010 to 2012 with activities in Africa, Latin America and...

    01.07.2012

    The role of women in Somaliland, the north-western territory of Somalia, has changed dramatically since the country’s long-time dictator was overthrown in 1991, prompting the collapse of the economy and leaving scores of men unemployed. While men still...

    01.07.2012

    Circa 2009, Chinese officials made clear their full commitment to the internationalization of the renminbi (RMB), China’s official currency, and their intent of making Shanghai a leading financial centre by 2020 — less than eight years from now. A formidable...

    01.07.2012

    G(irls)20 summit convenes in Mexico ahead of G20In early June, leaders of the G20 nations met in Los Cabos, Mexico, to discuss the current state and future direction of the global economy. Timed to coincide with the G20 summit, the G(irls)20 summit —...

    01.07.2012

    New technical papersFor free download please visit:www.intracen.org/publicationsISO 9001:2008 DIAGNOSTIC TOOLIMPLEMENTING QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMSChecklist of questions covering various aspects of setting-up, implementation and certification of a quality...