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15 Dec 2021    Other
Fornalé, Elisa


Gender parity and small businesses: What role for the Trade Agenda?

Blog post by Paula Busch, Federica Cristani and Elisa Fornalé in "Trade Forum", the online magazine run and published by the International Trade Centre (ITC)

Women-owned small businesses are still less integrated in international markets than those owned by men.

According to the International Trade Centre’s SME Competitiveness Outlook 2021, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent about 90% of firms and account for more than 50% of employment worldwide, with almost 40% of small businesses owned by women.

Despite consistently participating in international trade, women-owned small businesses are still less integrated in international markets than those owned by men.

Why is this so?

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Gender parity and small businesses: What role for the Trade Agenda?