This inaugural issue of Gender and Trade in East Africa reaffirms TMEA’s commitment to gender in regional trade and regional integration. In this first issue, we focus on the different faces of women in trade. We present some of the specific results of our work in the voices of the women themselves.

Women like Hope Mpangare, CEO of the Speranza Group in Rwanda (page 24). Hope is a member of the TMEA funded Traidlinks programme, which supported the expansion of her business into the export of juice products. Elizabeth Marami of Kenya (page 10), is a woman on track to becoming the Kenya Ports Authority’s (KPA) first female marine pilot.