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International Women’s Day (IWD)

  • Source: Burcu Köleli for UN Women (2022)

    The United Nations recognizes 8 March as International Women's Day. It is a global day to celebrate women’s and girls’ achievements and to raise awareness of the efforts that still lie ahead to achieve gender equality.  ITC contributes to the International Women's Day celebrations by highlighting how women entrepreneurs from across the world overcome obstacles and participate successfully in international trade. Strengthening women in business and trade in developing and least developed countries is one of the mainstays of the International Trade Centre’s work.

    In 2022, ITC marks International Women’s Day with a social media campaign and a series of events around the world.

    Join our Social media campaign: Gender Equality for Sustainable Trade 
    1-10 March 2022


    Supporting women in sustainable trade helps mitigate climate change by making them - the underrepresented - more active in the global value chains. We celebrate women entrepreneurs who are at the forefront of bringing sustainable solutions to trade, and to our daily lives.

    Are you a woman entrepreneur with innovative solutions to “green” your business? Or are you an innovative woman with practical everyday tips & tricks to help others become more sustainable?

    Join the campaign to make the case that women in sustainable trade not only make us closer to gender equality, but also to a more sustainable tomorrow.

    Find us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram

    International Women’s Day 2022 – Event highlights

    Global Summit on Gender-Responsive Public Procurement 
    1-2 March 2022 - 13:00-15:30 (Geneva), 07:00-09:30 (New York) 19:00-21:30 (Jakarta) 
    Online


    Women20 (W20), W20 Women Entrepreneurs Act Initiative (WE Act), and the International Trade Centre’s (ITC) SheTrades Initiative are delighted to co-host this two-day virtual workshop on gender-responsive public procurement. Boosting women’s participation in public procurement opportunities is smart economics. Governments and other stakeholders have the power to shape public procurement markets to promote gender-inclusive job creation, innovation, regional development, and support to micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). 

    Speakers include Ms. Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, ITC, and Ibu Hadriani Uli Silalahi, Chair, W20 Indonesia.

    Investing in Women Entrepreneurs: The Added Value I. To participate online, please register here.
    7 March 2022 – 9:00-10:00 (Geneva) 12:00–13:00 (Dubai) 
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Expo 2020, United Nations Hub


    Part of ITC’s Small Business Week at Expo 2020, the conversation explores how to reduce or eliminate the financing gap experienced by women specifically in the Middle East and African regions. The panel will examine solutions to overcome barriers and ease women’s access to capital and other financing needs. Closing the gender gap and supporting women’s financial inclusion could facilitate new business opportunities for women and other vulnerable groups, lower investment costs, increase social inclusion, reduce inequality, and accelerate achievement of the SDGs with more balanced development and inclusive growth.

     Speakers:

    • Ms Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, ITC (virtual)
    • Mr. Hani Sonbol, CEO International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC)
    • Mr. Sidi Ould Tah, Director General, Banque Arabe pour le Développement Economique de l’Afrique (BADEA)
    • Ms. Douja Gharbi, CEO, Red Start (Angel investor), Tunisia (virtual)
    • Ms. Iva Hamel, World Bank Resident Representative to the UAE, Gender Lead for the MENA and Senior Private Sector Specialist

    The event is organized by ITC, in partnership with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation, and moderated by International Presenter Sally Moussa. 

    Launch of the new SheTrades.com website
    8 March 2022


    ITC SheTrades is launching a new website with new and improved features such as Automated Investor Matchmaking, SheTrades Marketplace and an enhanced Virtual Learning Space. Go to SheTrades.com on 8 March and discover on International Women’s Day how we constantly improve and expand our support for women entrepreneurs.

    SheTrades members are also invited to ‘Nominate a Woman Entrepreneur that You Admire’ from the network by submitting a photo here.

     

    Network for Gender Equality and Diversity in Customs
    8 March 2022, 13:00-16:00 (Brussels)


    Organized by the World Customs Organization (WCO), this network meeting to mark International Women’s Day features keynote speakers WCO Secretary-General Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WTO Director-General Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iwela (TBC) and ITC Executive Director Pamela Coke-Hamilton.

    Annual Meeting of the International Gender Champions 
    8 March 2022, 18:00-20:00  (Geneva)


    The International Gender Champions Annual Report will be presented and achievements of the International Gender Champions recognized.

    #Women4Multilateralism Exhibition and social media campaign  
    8-10 March, nightfall (Geneva)
    Geneva, Switzerland - Mur des Réformateurs, Parc des Bastions 


    The Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in Geneva and the Permanent Mission of Gabon are hosting a projected exhibition dedicated to women leaders’ contributions to multilateralism and advancements in the areas of peace and security, human rights, and development.
     

    Leveraging women’s leadership in the garment sector | Please register here 
    9 March 2022, 10:00-11:30 CET online
    Interpretation: English, French, Arabic & Russian


    Women represent around 80% of the sector’s workforce. However, less than 25% of them take part in the decision-making or have a managerial role, which implies fewer responsibilities and career opportunities. For companies, giving women opportunities to work in leadership positions means higher profits and improved living conditions for workers in the industry. In celebration of International Women’s Day, ITC’s Fibres, Textiles and Clothing team - together with ITC SheTrades - , is organizing a webinar to discuss the importance of women’s leadership and role in the textile and clothing industry.

     Speakers:

    • Entrepreneurs:  May Kassem, Scarabaeus Sacer (Egypt); Irianja Razafimihary, INDEX OI (Madagascar)
    • Business Support Organization: Fatima-Zohra, AMITH (Morocco)
    • Association/Non-profit organization: Zhipara Raimkulova, Daairy association (Kyrgyzstan)
    • International brands and retailers: Christiane Hügelmann – Holy Fashion (Switzerland) and Vidiya Amrit Khan - Desh Group (Bangladesh)
    • Designer: Anissa Meddeb (Tunisia)
    • Cotton farmer / cooperative representative: Doris Phiri - HandloomTextiles Technology Association of Zambia (HATTAZ) (Zambia) 


    Gender Equality in Tourism: Female Leadership in Times of Crisis
     | To participate online, please register here 
    10 March, 15:20-16:00 (Berlin/Geneva)
    ITB Berlin Convention – virtual


    Shana Fatina, Founder and Commissioner of ORA DIVE, Indonesia, shares how she has navigated the pandemic and leads going forward. ITC SheTrades worked with Ms. Fatina in the context of strengthening women entrepreneurs in the tourism sector. 


    UN Global Compact - Target Gender Equality Live 

    15 March 2022  
    New York and online


     The ITC Executive Director Pamela Coke-Hamilton is delivering the keynote speech on ‘Lessons from Africa: Setting the Standard for Female Entrepreneurs in the Supply Chain’.  

    Towards gender inclusive coffee finance  To participate online, please register here  
    15 March 2022, 16:00 CET  
    Online - English with interpretation in Spanish and French 


    This webinar is co-hosted by the International Trade Centre's Alliances for Action and the International Women's Coffee Alliance. It forms part of a series of webinars linked to the recently published Coffee Guide, Fourth Edition. It will explore how we can make finance more accessible for women in the coffee sector though case studies presenting educational tools and approaches used in Latin American and African countries. It will look at obstacles and opportunities linked to women coffee growers and finance, and what is being done to improve it. Discussed will be:

    • The relevance of financial education to women coffee growers and the development of the IWCA Microcredit Manual as a supporting tool in El Salvador
    • An ongoing banking programme implemented by LadyAgri Impact Investment Hub in partnership with FMO Dutch Development bank and COFINA GROUP Fin’Elle, Cote d'Ivoire.

    Speakers:

    • Verena Fischersworring, Coffee Consultant, Instructor on Microfinance, IWCA
    • Maria Elisa Ruiz, Coffee Grower, Coffee Consultant, Instructor on Microfinance, IWCA
    • Hilary Barry, Founder and CEO, Lady-Agri Impact Investment Hub
    • Pierrette Kouakou, Manager, FIN’Elle

    Moderator:

    • Tommaso Ferretti, co-author of ITC's Coffee Guide and Sustainable Markets & Impact Investing Specialist, McGill University