From Harassment to COOPERATION
WOMEN’S CROSS BORDER TRADE INITIATIVE
Imagine walking for miles carrying your goods only to face harassment from border officials, high taxation and illegal levies. For many women traders In Uganda and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo who trade between the two countries, this is a constant challenge. But RICE-WN through support from International Alert makes positive trading relationships between the two entities an actuality: women traders have undergone training in leadership skills and education in taxation schemes between the two countries in a bid to alleviate household poverty. The results: via dialogue between RICE-WN , Women’s cross border trade association and district officials from both countries , cross border migration taxes have reduced considerably, dramatically decreasing the number of women traders utilising informal cross border routes and increasing the ease of access to markets for women.