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Survival Guide for the Woman Entrepreneur/Small-Business Owner

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011


THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES

Women-owned businesses (WOBs)—defined as privately held firms in which women own 51 percent or more of the businesses—are increasing at twice the rate of all businesses today, and have done so for nearly three decades. More than 28 percent of all businesses in the United States are owned by women. Only 4.2 percent of this country‘s revenue, however, is generated by women-owned businesses. One probable explanation is that the majority of these businesses are relatively small and have been in business for a relatively short period of time (69 percent began in 2000 or later). Yet, of the estimated 10.5 million women entrepreneurs in the U.S., only three percent have hit one million dollars in revenue.

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Women Are The New Global Growth Engine

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011

September 2010

Corporate executives take note: In coming decades, the majority of global population growth will occur in countries where gender disparities are greatest and where conservative traditions and customs work against women's rights. Entrenched gender discrimination remains a defining fact of life for most of the world's bottom 2 billion, and that is not only a critical human rights issue but also a pressing economic issue. It causes staggering losses in productivity, economic activity and human capital. Conversely, the empowerment of women--as customers, employees, entrepreneurs and participants in local, regional and global supply chains is akin to stumbling on an enormous emerging market. Indeed a recent Booz & Company study suggests that women represent the "third billion," potentially equivalent to the billion-plus-population markets of India and China. Yet that potential will only be realized if women are better educated, are healthier and more secure and are more enabled by their communities to participate in the global economy.

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What is a Women Owned Business?

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011

May 2011

According to the U.S. Government, a women owned business as a private business that is at least 51% owned by at least one woman. If the company is public, then 51% of the stocks must be owned by women

 

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World Economic Forum Gender Gap Report 2010

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011

2010

We are at a unique turning point in history. Never before has there been such momentum around the issue of gender parity on the global stage. Numerous multinational companies have aligned core elements of their businesses and products to support and provide opportunities for womenin the communities in which they are active. The United Nations has created a new entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women. There is a strong movement around greater investment in girls’ education in the developing world. Businesses around the world are starting to take into account the increasing power of women consumers. As women begin to make up more than half ofall university graduates in much of the developed world, there is an increased consciousness that this talent must be given the opportunity to lead. Several countries have introduced legislation that mandates minimum requirements for women’s participation, in both business and politics.

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UNDP Bangladesh Women and Youth entrepreneurship

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011

2004

Bangladesh is one of the world’s poorest countries and the population is predominantly rural, with about 85 per cent of its 140 million people living in rural areas. Rural people depend mainly on the land for their livelihoods, which is both fertile and extremely vulnerable and large areas are at risk because of frequent floods and cyclones.

It is estimated that rural poverty rates now stands at around 50 per cent, and more than 25 per cent of rural households live in extreme poverty. With this existing situation, chronically poor people, especially women,suffer persistent food insecurity, own no cultivable land or assets, are often illiterate and may also suffer serious illnesses or disabilities. One of the main causes of rural poverty in Bangladesh is extreme climate and a large proportion of the country is low-lying and vulnerable to flooding. Many rural poor people live in areas subject to extreme annual flooding, which can destroy their crops, homes and livelihoods. Another root cause of rural poverty has been the enormous population growth and the pressure it has placed on the environment; unleashing problems such as erosion and flooding that in turn aggravate the situation of rural poor people.

Women are among the poorest of the rural poor, especially when they are the heads of their households,such as widows or wives of men who have migrated in search of employment. They suffer discrimination because of their gender, they have scarce income-earning opportunities and their nutritional intake is often inadequate. Among extremely poor people, there is a disproportionate number of households headed by women.

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The Global Glass Ceiling

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011


May/June 2010

Over the last several decades, it has become accepted wisdom that improving the status of women is one of the most critical levers of international development. When women are educated and can earn and control income, a number of good results follow: infant mortality declines, child health and nutrition improve, agricultural productivity rises, population growth slows, economies expand, and cycles of poverty are broken.

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The Business of Empowering Women

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011

January 2010

The business of empowering women presents a case for why and how the private sector should intensify its engagement in the economic empowerment of women in developing countries and emerging markets.

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The Third Billion

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011

June 2010

As growing numbers of women enter the economic mainstream, they will have a profound effect on global business.

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Aid in Support of Women’s Economic Empowerment

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011


January 2011

Economic empowerment aims to raise the capacity of women and men to participate in, contribute to and benefit from growth processes in ways which recognise the value of their contributions, respect their dignity and make it possible to negotiate a fairer distribution of the benefits of growth.1 Economic empowerment of women increases their access to economic resources and opportunities. This access is often hindered by discrimination and persistent gender inequalities. Women’s economic participation and empowerment bring direct benefits to women but also have a strong impact on poverty and growth, and are essential for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Promoting Women’s Entrepreneurship Development based on Good Practice Programmes: Some Experiences from the North to the South

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011

2001

The purpose of this paper is to examine women’s entrepreneurship support programmes in the context of developed countries in order to formulate recommendations for their replicability in developing countries. The focus is on good practice, and the programmes reviewed in the paper were selected based on a combination of performance criteria and their potential for replicability. The performance criteria used were: outreach/scale, effectiveness, cost efficiency, impact and sustainability.

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