Who We Are

The Center for Accelerated Women’s Economic Empowerment (CAWEE) was established in 2004 Being one of the pioneers, non-profit, trade promotion, membership organizations operating in the country, it provides promotional and capacity building support service targeting women exporters (existing and potential/emerging women exporters) involved in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) through the provision of different support services. As a trade promotion organization, the Center provides trainings on basic business skills & life skills, trainings in international trade using its internationally accredited trainers. Beyond providing trainings in those mentioned areas, CAWEE as well provides Business Development Services (BDS) using its certified business counsellors. Furthermore, it facilitates access to finance, conducts action-oriented researches, facilitates policy dialogue forums and organizes trade missions and trade shows.


The vision of CAWEE is to create a globally competitive core women entrepreneurs class in Ethiopia.


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.

Our Members

What We Do

Training In International Trade

CAWEE provides trainings in international trade using its internationally accredited trainers.

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Business Counselling Services

The Center provides business counselling services to its members

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Organizing Trade Missions

The core mandate of CAWEE is supporting and promoting women exporters

Facilitating Access to Finance

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Facilitating Policy Dialogue Forums

CAWEE facilitates policy dialogue forums to advocate for women’s 

Conducting Action-Oriented Researches

In conducting action-oriented researches, focusing on challenges affecting women in business

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Consultation And Mentoring

CAWEE provides continuous counseling and mentoring services, 

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Providing Technical Skill Training for Grassroots Women

Beyond providing different kinds of support services to its members, CAWEE is also involved in providing technical skills trainings

Keep Updated With Our News and Events

                        Validating CAWEE’s Advocacy Strategy on the AfCFTA
Generously funded by GIZ AU AfCFTA Support Office, CAWEE’s draft advocacy strategy developed by Dr. Martha Belete, the Consultant, was presented and discussed, June 27, 2024 at the GIZ Head Office, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The workshop discussed workable strategic tools on how best, CAWEE’s focus thematic issue – “Boosting Intra-African Trade: African Women Taking the Lead”, can be facilitated using advocacy as a tool, how best African women can benefit from the AfCFTA.
                          Training Organized on Women & Youth Protocol Under the AfCFTA


With the support secured from the GIZ AU AfCFTA Support Office, CAWEE organized training on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement with a focus on Women & Youth Protocol, June 14, 2024, at the GIZ Head Office, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Events Coming Soon

Join Abyssinia E-commerce Platform

Expand Your Export Opportunities!


CAWEE is developing an e-commerce platform to facilitate online sales and empower women-led African businesses, in trading among themselves, currently involving Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda, where other countries like: Cameroon, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa and Tanzania have shown interest to join the platform.
CAWEE has started onboarding Ethiopian women exporters. The platform is expected to be officially launched very soon ( and this will be a great opportunity to export your products/services.
For easy access and simple way to register your company on the platform, to fill out the form and put yourself onboard, please use this link: Abyssinia E-commerce Registration Link.
CAWEE encourages you to use this platform to promote and sell your products/services to other African countries and beyond. If you have any problem accessing the link mentioned above or any questions on that, please do not hesitate to contact us – Betty:

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