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Do Gender Issues Belong in a Trade Agreement?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018 | 0 comments

Follow Email Do gender issues belong in a trade agreement? “Yes!”, says Canada. The updated Canada – Chile Free Trade Agreement contains a gender chapter, the first of its kind for a G-20 country. And Canada has proposed that a gender chapter also be included in re-negotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This chapter would be modeled along the lines of the one in the Canada-Chile FTA. Why do gender issues belong in a...

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In Honor of International Women’s Day 2017 – Women in Agribusiness

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 | 0 comments

Follow Email This is a guest post authored by Ashley Evans, a graduate of Loyola College of Law with an interest in international agricultural law related to trade: It’s not easy to be a woman in the agricultural trade business – their key role should be recognized and supported. International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrated March 8th, provides an opportunity to recognize the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements...

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In Honor of International Women’s Day, 2016

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email Just in time for International Women’s Month (2016), the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) office of the US Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it had, for the first, time, broken the 5% target for federal government contracts awarded to women-owned small businesses (WOSBs). Kudos to Erin Andrew, who leads the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, and her team. $17.8 billion – equal to 5.05%...

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Support Networks for Women Entrepreneurs

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email A recent story about Afghanistan’s first female driver held me enthralled. The article shares Sara Bahayi’s path, as she first learnt to drive a car – to the disapproval of just about everyone in this patriarchal society. A widow struggling to survive on a teacher’s pay, she then realized that she could earn more money as a taxi driver. She sold land to buy the car which she now uses to ferry her passengers, mostly...

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Women in Business Going Global: In Honor of National Women’s Small Business Month

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 | 0 comments

Follow Email October is National Women’s Small Business Month in the United States. In honor of National Women’s Small Business Month, we explore the trends for women in business going global. October, 2014 also marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988. Among other things, the Act established the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) to review the status of women-owned businesses...

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Resources for African Exporters to the United States

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 | 0 comments

Follow Email In a recent post, we shared information about opportunities that exist for African exporters to access the US market. Using the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programs, African exporters can have their products enter the US market duty-free. This gives them a cost advantage over competitors who may have had to pay the import tax, or duty, on the same product. As a result of...

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