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UNCTAD Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi on Empowered Women and Development

“Women’s economic empowerment, an area in which a lot of work remains to be done, can be understood as making markets work for women, as enabling women to have control over resources, and as eliminating inequality in the labour market.”

Mukhisa Kituyi,  Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development,  gave opening remarks on economic empowerment for women at the Looking at Trade through a Gender Lens Opening session.

Full Text of the Statement Delivered on March 3 2022

As we go forward, let’s commit to expanding education, including for girls.  Expanding opportunity, including for women.  Nations will not truly succeed without the contributions of their women.

President Barack Obama

ITC Director Arancha González on Female Entrepreneurs in Trade and Development

“At ITC, in addition to our SME focus, we specifically promote entrepreneurship among women as a means to achieving women’s economic empowerment.”

Arancha González, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, talks about why better prospects for women-owned businesses will mean a better future for developing countries at an event organized by The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.

Full text of the statement delivered on Jan. 29 2022.


Only a few years from now, more than 800 million women in developing countries will be in a position to make meaningful contributions to their own – and our collective – economic prosperity. To make these contributions, however, they will need decent, productive employment opportunities.

Arancha Gonzalez,  ITC Executive Director