tralac’s Women in Trade Governance Network

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tralac is establishing a ‘Women in Trade Governance Network’ targeting female professionals working in trade policy and governance with the aim of building technical capacity in international trade governance, supporting professional skills development, and enhancing women’s participation in trade governance across the continent.

This network will have two pillars:

  • a broader network of women experts in trade all over Africa contributing to Africa’s trade governance agenda at national, regional, continental and multilateral levels; and
  • a development programme for more junior female professionals designed to increase their technical and leadership skills with respect to rules-based trade governance.

Women in Trade Governance Network

The objectives of the WiTG network are to:

  • To support the increased participation of women in Africa’s trade governance

  • To advocate for women traders and champion gender mainstreaming in trade on the continent and between African countries and the rest of the world.

  • To create a Trade Governance Development Programme for young women leaders working in trade governance in Africa.


Women in Trade Governance Development Programme

Who is this for:

Early career women from Africa countries who work in or aspire to work in the field of international trade governance and are passionate about gender responsive trade policy. Applicants may work in public sector, civil sector or academia.


Applicants must be –

  • Female
  • Between 25 and 40 years old at time of application
  • National of any African country


The programme is supported by donor funding from the Australian High Commission, Pretoria; the United States USAID and and the Swedish Embassy (SIDA).


The programme will run until March 2020. You are obligated to attend an introductory webinar, a week-long workshop in Cape Town (June 2019) and complete a series of online tasks. You will have priority access to other workshops and events, but these are not compulsory.

What you get:

  • Trade technical training with tralac
  • Professional development training
  • The opportunity to contribute to tralac’s programmes
  • A new network of young women in trade


Applications must be received by 12 April 2019.

Successful applicants will be advised by 22 April 2019.

What you will need to apply:

  • Motivation video (up to 1 minute)
  • Letter of recommendation/support (work or academic supervisor)
  • Personal details
  • Work and education details