International Trade Center (ITC)
International Trade Center (ITC)

The International Trade Center (ITC), a development agency under the World Trade Organization and the United Nations, on Wednesday urged Kenya to empower women in order to accelerate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Simon Balfe, ITC program officer for sustainable and inclusive value chains told Xinhua in Nairobi that due to a myriad of challenges, women are underrepresented in most business values.

“When women prosper, they spend more on health, nutrition and education, accelerating the achievement of the SDGs,” Balfe said during the private-sector meeting and business-to-business session organized by the ITC’s SheTrades in the Commonwealth project.

The initiative aims to increase economic growth and job creation in Commonwealth countries by enabling the increased participation of women-owned businesses in international trade.

Balfe said that one way to enhance women empowerment is through integrating gender awareness and consideration of gender into trade policies and agreements in order to proactively include women and women-owned businesses in the global market.

He revealed that typically women have less access to information on how to navigate the government regulatory environment.

According to ITC, businesses that export also tend to employ more women in their workforce and therefore should be encouraged by the state. Enditem

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