Gender Policy

TRAPCA has received significant support from the Swedish government through the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). Sida has a gender equality policy, which in a nutshell provides as follows:

  • Strengthening rights for women and men, girls and boys
  • Sida will address different kinds of formal and informal power structures affecting women’s and men’s rights and possibilities to make choices regarding their individual sexual and reproductive lives, such as the right to safe health care, or the right to safe abortions.
  • Sida will give priority to actions oriented towards openness on men’s and women’s roles and responsibilities towards safer sexual behaviour, including their sexual and reproductive rights, giving priority to young people.
  • Sida will support actions oriented towards men’s roles and understanding of masculinity as a mean of strengthening a rights perspective on gender equality.
  • Sida will contribute to and strengthen institutional frameworks such as formal policies, legislation or other systems of norms that stipulate the limits within which individuals and organisations can develop their own capacity to promote gender equality.
  • In promoting structural stability and in conflict management, Sida will address the specific needs and interests of women and men, girls and boys – for example, by strengthening women’s participation in peace processes or by promoting changes to societal norms on gender-based violence.
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Sida will work to enhance the inclusion and productivity of women in economic activities and to counteract discriminatory legislation and practices based on sex.
  • Sida will contribute to removing barriers to poor women’s equal participation in the economy.
  • Sida will highlight access to resources – such as land, tenure, credit, financial resources, facilities and information – when promoting balanced power relations and gender equality.

Gender Policy Implementation under TRAPCA Scholarships

TRAPCA identifies with the tenets contained in the Sida Gender Equality Policy highlighted above. In line with this, priority is given to qualifying female applicants for scholarships awards in trade policy academic courses offered by TRAPCA.

Pursuant to these efforts, it is pleasing to note that across a period of 12 years the average gender distribution has been 38 percent as detailed on the chart below: 

TRAPCA is proud that implementation of the gender policy is bearing tangible fruits in that a good number of its female alumni have arisen through the ranks following their graduation from TRAPCA. It is pleasing to note that across the years 50 percent of the best performers have been female students. Below is a snapshot of the best female performers across the years:


Masters in Trade Policy & Law  

  • Safina Kwekwe Tsungu

Post Graduate Diploma – Advanced Level 

  • Amanda Busa-Osowo Bisong

Post Graduate Certificate

  • Caroline Achieng Oduor

Post Graduate Diploma – Advanced Level

  • Sheila Mukunya Mbole

Post Graduate Certificate

  • Tsedey Tedla

Masters in Trade Policy & Law

  • Sheila Mukunya Mbole

Post Graduate Certificate 

  • Rivimbo Sandauke

Masters in Trade Policy & Law

  • Chipego Zulu

Post Graduate Diploma- Intermediate

  • Maggie Banda Kaunda

PGD Policy & Law- Advanced Level

  • Caroline  Achieng Odour

PGD Policy & Law – Intermediate: Anglophone

  • Lucy Machel Ondiek

PGD Policy & Law – Intermediate: Francophone 

  • Francoise Okah Efogo

PGD Trade Facilitation – Intermediate

  • Bridget Chiinze

Masters in Trade Policy & Trade Law 

  • Vicky Chemutai

PG Diploma, Advanced Level

  • Dorothy Nakyambadde

PGD, Intermediate- Trade Facilitation

  • Sendrah Chihaka

Masters in Trade Policy & Law 

  • Lilian Tita

PGD Advanced- Anglophone

  • Makunde Shylet

MSc, Trade Policy & Law – Francophone

  • Okah Francios