Women & Trade
Trade has the power to be a crucial tool for women’s empowerment and gender equity—dramatically improving local communities, creating new jobs, enhancing consumer choice, and decreasing inequality. When women-owned small businesses export, they pay more, are more productive, employ more workers and report higher than average sales. Still, women entrepreneurs account for a disproportionately small share of exporters relative to their numbers due to obstacles including discrimination, access to capital, information gaps, and trade rules.
In order to tap into the full potential of women entrepreneurs, we must ensure that women have equal access to global markets and the opportunities that flow from trade.
Women entrepreneurs doing business globally
Discover case studies of women-led businesses leveraging digital tools and resources to reach global markets.
The Power of a Global Network
This report explores how women are leveraging digitally-enabled networks and how governments can help through COVID-19.
ASEAN Women in E-Commerce
This report demonstrates that women entrepreneurs and small businesses are powerful engines of growth for the ASEAN region.
APEC Women in E-Commerce
The toolkit is to help APEC policymakers gain a better understanding of the challenges that women experience in cross-border e-commerce.
Private sector recommendations on key actions to deliver an ambitious ministerial outcome on trade and gender for mc12 and beyond. To be considered by the Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender.
Encouraging Globally-Engaged Women Entrepreneurs How digitally-enabled networks, tools and trade policies can be gender-transformative On September 30, 2021, the Global Innovation Forum and Vital Voices Partnership hosted a session for the World Trade Organization's...