9 Advocacy Messages To Make The African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) Work For Women

Authors/editor(s): UN WOMEN

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) an opportunity for growth and prosperity in Africa. However, because of pre-existing inequalities in African economies, the agreement’s benefits will not be distributed equally along gender lines. As the AfCFTA Secretariat is starting to draft a Women in Trade Protocol, it is important that women across the continent participate actively in the process to voice their views, interests, and needs.

This advocacy brief highlights 9 important messages that UN Women country offices, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and women groups can advocate for to ensure that the AfCFTA’s work for women and women-led businesses. The brief also includes a list of important resources on Gender and AfCFTA.

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Africa

Subject area(s): Employment; Macroeconomic policies; Markets; Productive resources; Rural women; Social protection; Civil society

Resource type: Best practices; Briefs; Position papers

UN Women office involved in publication: West and Central Africa Regional Office; East and Southern Africa Regional Office; Arab States/North Africa Regional Office

Publication year: 2021

Number of pages: 5

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)