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

In supporting its members, CAWEE provides information on how 

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

CAWEE Celebrated Its 20th Anniversary
Established in May, 2004, CAWEE celebrated its 20th anniversary at Entoto Park, May 10, 2024. Present at the celebration event were CAWEE Board Members, CAWEE Staff & CAWEE Corporate Members.
Mrs. Dehab Mesfin, CAWEE’s Deputy Board Chairperson welcomed all. Dr. Nigest, CAWEE’s Executive Director, shared the past 20 years journey of CAWEE highlighting success stories, mentioning challenges faced and underlining current status of the Center where it has expanded its reach beyond Ethiopia engaged in facilitating intra-African trade, with a focus on women taking the lead, to benefit from the provisions of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.
CAWEE Board Members, CAWEE Staff & CAWEE Corporate Members provided their reflections, where the anniversary event was memorable, bringing everyone together, accompanied with shared commitments for the way forward.
                                                   CAWEE Organized High-Level Event with MPs
CAWEE, in partnership with Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), organized high-level event at Hyatt Regency Hotel, on April 17, 2024, generously sponsored by GIZ Ethiopia Private Sector Development Program. The event focused on discussing the theme “Women in SMEs Accessing Public Procurement,” 
This high-level event was a great opportunity to learn from the experiences of Kenya, where the best practices of Kenya’s Public Procurement with a focus on benefiting women, youth, & women with disabilities were presented by Mr. Stanley, Deputy Director, Registration & Licensing, Public Procurement Regulatory Authority of Kenya.

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