Women's Entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries

Women's Entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries

Women's Entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries

Women's Entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries

Synopsis

This new series, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, presents various aspects of trends, problems and policy issues related to the development of small and medium-sized enterprises in transition countries. SMEs represent an important source for growth and new jobs in market economies worldwide, but in transition economies they remain perhaps an untapped potential. For women, in particular, there is a gender gap in setting up such businesses, and the UNECE Programme on Womens Entrepreneurship aims to raise awareness of the various problems associated in establishing a business. This present volume includes selected papers prepared for the First Forum of Women Entrepreneurs, offers an overview of the situation and problems they face; outlines country experiences, and discusses the importance of networks and the global digital economy.

Excerpt

Women’s Entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe and cis Countries is the first publication in the new series entrepreneurship and SMEs. the series aims at presenting various aspects of trends, problems and policy issues related to the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in transition countries.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are an important source of growth and new jobs in market economies worldwide. in most transition countries their potential remains, however, still untapped. This relates especially to women as, despite good levels of education and high participation in the labour market, they become entrepreneurs on average twice less often as men. the gender gap in entrepreneurship is seen in all countries regardless the size of the sme sector in the economy.

The unece Programme on Women’s Entrepreneurship aims at raising awareness of problems of women entrepreneurs, enhancing dialogue, promoting the exchange of best practices and recommending policies, supporting the development of women-run companies. the broad unece membership, which comprises 55 countries from Europe, North America and central Asia, provides a unique forum for such activities and facilitates contacts among stakeholder, policy makers, women entrepreneurs, non-governmental organizations and international organizations.

Main activities of the unece include: organization of the annual Forum of Women Entrepreneurs; maintenance on the unece website of a virtual Portrait Gallery of Excellent Women Entrepreneurs and a Network of Women’s Business Associations, which promote role models and business contacts; work of the Team of Specialists on Women’s Entrepreneurship within the Working Party on Industry and Enterprise Development (WP.8); organization of sub-regional workshops and seminars; and demand driven advisory services, provided to governments and civil society organizations. More information on these activities can be found at www.unece.org/operact/enterp/women.htm

The present volume includes selected papers prepared for the First Forum of Women Entrepreneurs (22 October 2001) and meetings of the Team of Specialists on Women’s Entrepreneurship. the volume has three parts: Part I presents a regional overview of the situation and problems of women entrepreneurs; Part ii includes country experiences, and Part iii discusses the importance of networks and the benefits of connecting women-run enterprises to the global digital economy. the summary of the First Forum of Women Entrepreneurs is included in the Annex.

This publication was prepared by Ms. Ewa Ruminska-Zimny, Regional Adviser on Gender and Economy, under the guidance of Ms. Larissa Kapitsa, Director, Coordinating Unit for Operational Activities, with the assistance of Ms. Alison Mangin, Ms. Tatiana Apatenko and Mr. Mitja Jarh with English language editing and technical assistance.

Larissa Kapitsa Director Coordinating Unit for Operational Activities . . .

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