Center for Accelrated Women's Economic Empowerment
Bole Sub-city, Woreda 03, Abysina Plaza, 7th Floor
P.o.Box: 41293 Addis Ababa
Brief description of your organization/association:
The Center for Accelerated Women's Economic Empowerment (CAWEE), located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was established in 2004 as a non-profit, non- governmental, membership organization. It mainly targets the promotion of women in business, with a special focus to the promotion of women in export.
The vision of CAWEE is to create globally competitive core women entrepreneurs class in Ethiopia. Thus, the mission of the Center is building the capacities of women in business, with a focus to export market operating at different levels, through the provision of different kinds of support services.
The membership of CAWEE targets the following five sectors:
• Agribusiness (Coffee, Honey, Mushroom, Horticulture),
• Textiles/Garment/Hand-weaving/Hand-made Shoe),
• Leather (Fashion Accessories and Give-away Items),
• Gemstones and Jewellery and
• Services (Tourism, Export Management, Research, Training, IT Services...).
CAWEE mainly works in supporting and promoting its members, with particular focus to
The Center’s other focus activity targets working on value-chains through the provision of technical skills, marketable
skills to grassroots women (the poorest of the poor) and connect them to markets through women owned and managed Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), existing and emerging/potential exporting companies, where in this respect the Center works on value-chains of different sectors with the ultimate purpose of empowering the supply capacity of the exporting SMEs companies.
CAWEE is the implementing organization of the Economic Empowerment Project of the Office of the First Lady of Ethiopia, a project that is focusing on “Connecting 1,500 Women and Young Girls to the Export Market”, that stated to be operational starting 2016. This project focuses working on the value chains of ten priority sectors. Activities in this project includes: provision of technical/marketable skills to grassroots women, the poorest of the poor, targeting urban, semi-urban & rural women. Once those women are empowered with the required technical skills, they are given the opportunities either to establishes their own enterprises (where they are connected to markets -high-end domestic & export markets - through women exporters involved in Small & Medium Enterprises – SMEs, i.e. CAWEE’s members), or facilitate employment opportunities within the SMEs owned & managed by women. In this process, the women that established their own enterprises are able to get continuously connected to markets (through CAWEE’s Members) and those employed (within companies that are CAWEE members) are able to generate sustainable income, empowering themselves and their families.
In partnering with the International Trade Center (ITC), CAWEE has been a long standing partner of ITC since 2006, in the implantation of the ACCESS! for African Business in International Trade, where CAWEE was the Country Focal Point, using its accredited ACCESS! Trainers and certified business counselors, CAWEE was engaged in providing trainings in international trade and providing business development services. Continuing its partnership, CAWEE closely works with ITC in empowering women in export.
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