Women and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): How women entrepreneurs and traders can leverage the benefits of the Agreement Establishing the AfCFTA

Established as one of the flagship projects of the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063: The Africa we Want, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) seeks to accelerate the growth of intra-African trade that is fundamental for inclusive socio-economic growth. The AfCFTA has the potential to accelerate the economic empowerment of women as a fundamental component of gender equality, by expanding women’s economic opportunities and outcomes. Notwithstanding this potential, gains will not be automatic. Leveraging the AfCFTA’s potential will require an inclusive approach to the implementation of the Agreement Establishing the AfCFTA. Such an approach is critical to its success as well as to achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment outcomes. While responsibility for the ... Read more

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The host and panelists


Nigest Haile



She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Accelerated Women’s Economic Empowerment (CAWEE)Nigest is an activist in the promotion of women ... Read more

Nadira Bayat



Nadira Bayat is a Gender and Trade Expert with the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC)–United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Nadira has ... Read more


Caroline Gathii



Caroline has twenty (20) years multi-sectoral and regional professional experience in governance, risk and financial management. She excels at creating systems ... Read more

Tshengi Ndlovu



Sitshengisiwe Ndlovu affectionately also known as Tshengi is a champion of thetrade and gender agenda. She is self –driven and passionate about ... Read more

Judith Ameso



Judith is a trade expert at the African Trade Policy Centre (which is housed at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa). She helps to ... Read more

Mary Heather White



Mary Heather is the Program Director responsible for TFO Canada’s programs s in Africa, which includes planning and implementation, donor ... Read more

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