Barriers to development and progression of women entrepreneurs in Pakistan
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AbstractIn Pakistan, women entrepreneurs do not enjoy the same opportunities as men due to a number of deep-rooted discriminatory socio-cultural values and traditions. Furthermore, these restrictions can be observed within the support mechanisms that exist to assist such fledgling businesswomen. The economic potential of female entrepreneurs is not being realised as they suffer from a lack of access to capital, land, business premises, information technology, training and agency assistance. Inherent attitudes of a patriarchal society, that men are superior to women and that women are best suited to be homemakers, create formidable challenges. Women also receive little encouragement from some male family members, resulting in limited spatial mobility and a dearth of social capital. The research suggests that in order to foster development, multi-agency cooperation is required. The media, educational policy makers and government agencies could combine to provide women with improved access to business development services and facilitate local, regional and national networks.
CitationBarriers to Development and Progression of Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan 2008, 17 (1):59 Journal of Entrepreneurship
JournalJournal of Entrepreneurship
DescriptionThis article would help integration of women entrepreneurs into the mainstream economy in Pakistan.
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