This guest blog post is produced by the Canadian Business Women in International Trade program, providing support, networking and resources for women entrepreneurs focused on global success.

Did you know that each year on March 8th, the world celebrates International Women's Day? Thousands of events occur around the world not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. This year's theme is "The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum", focusing on the growing global drive in women's equality.

The Canadian government is committed to supporting women through several women-specific initiatives. This blog article is regarding the Business Women in International Trade (BWIT) program at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. The program is dedicated to providing targeted support to Canadian business women via the vast Trade Commissioner Service network in Canada and abroad and by bringing together key stakeholders to support opportunities for women entrepreneurs abroad.

Furthermore, the program provides a conduit to an array of tools and information that can be leveraged by Canadian women exporters including an annual newsletter, a LinkedIn group and a wealth of resources and information on our website.

Download our annual BWIT newsletter, a communication tool that includes a wealth of information on networks and opportunities for business women, including success stories from women entrepreneurs who have benefited from expanding their business into international markets.

Join the BWIT LinkedIn group, an interactive venue of approximately 500 business women sharing ideas and successes with other like-minded entrepreneurs.

Visit our website for a one-stop access to the information and help you need to begin exporting or expand your international efforts.

Learn (link no longer valid) about the annual Trade Mission to the world's largest business fair for women-owned enterprises, offering business women access to contracts with Fortune 500 companies and governments through their supplier diversity programs.

Are you a Canadian women-owned business interested in growing your business globally? Connect with us today: www.Businesswomenintrade.gc.ca; BWIT@international.gc.ca.