The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) - the world’s largest free-trade area - started trading on 1st January 2021, creating a market of 1.2 billion people. During the Extraordinary Summit of African Union Heads of State and Government, which took place in December 2020, the AfCFTA Secretariat was directed to commence work on drafting a Women in Trade Protocol.
UN Women, in partnership with the AfCFTA Secretariat and UNDP, is undertaking a survey to understand the challenges and opportunities that women and women-led businesses face around the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area. This survey aims to (i) determine the constraints and bottlenecks hindering women's participation in trade and (ii) to identify potential opportunities and impacts of the AfCFTA on women and women-led businesses. The results of the survey will be used in the process of development of the Women in Trade Protocol of the AfCFTA.
All responses will be kept strictly confidential and the data will be anonymized if used outside of UN Women.
Survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.