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Does the future belong to Women Entrepreneurs?

Women Entrepreneurs in Europe

In 2012, there were 40.6 million entrepreneurs active in Europe, of whom 29% were women (11.6 million). The percentage of women entrepreneurs was slightly higher in the European Union (EU-28) at 31%. In EU-28, around 10.3 million women entrepreneurs were active compared to 22.8 million men entrepreneurs.

The percentages of women entrepreneurs in the total number of entrepreneurs varied considerably between countries in Europe. With 43%, Liechtenstein had the highest percentage of women entrepreneurs, followed by Latvia (40%), Lithuania (40%) and Luxembourg (39%). With 32%, Spain is only slightly above the average of 31% among the EU-28. With 15%, Turkey had the lowest percentage followed by Malta (18%) and Ireland (20%).

In 2008, the percentage of women entrepreneurs was 30% for Europe-37 and 28% for EU-28. The variation between and ranking of countries was similar to 2012, but in general, we are able to identify a slow increase in women entrepreneurs.

In the period 2003 to 2012, the percentage of women entrepreneurs of the total entrepreneurs in Europe increased from 26.1% to 28.5%. In the same period, the percentage of women entrepreneurs in EU-28 increased from 28.9% to 31%. In almost all countries, the percentage of women entrepreneurs increased, with the highest percentages in Liechtenstein, Iceland, Cyprus, Spain and Serbia.

Source of data: Statistical Data on Women Entrepreneurs in Europe, published by the European Commission (September 2014)


Women Entrepreneurs and their Supporters

Are you an entrepreneur? Are you a women entrepreneur? Or simply in favour of gender equality or even gender equity?

Women Entrepreneurs and their Supporters

If you answered one of the aforementioned questions with a yes, then you should definitely take a look at the platform Arora. A purpose-driven comprehensive platform designed for women business owners and their supporters, with a clear mission: empowering women to thrive financially.

We encourage you to take a look at their website and their main activities: (1) loans made simple, (2) become your own financial expert, and (3) track and manage your finances.

Afterwards, please fill out this survey on your experience with Arora. It will only take you 4 minutes to fill out.

Your feedback will help Arora improve, as well as support other initiatives related to the Sustainable Development Goal 5, achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls in the world. We are also expecting the Spanish version (versión Española) of Arora soon.

Gender Equality, or better Equity?

Everybody is talking about Gender Equality. In the last couple of weeks, honoring the 8th of March – the International Women’s Day –, several conferences around the world, such as the Youth CSW (Committee on the Status of Women) Forum were encouraging the empowerment of women and girls in society, making clear that gender equality is not only women, but also a men’s issue. Here more.

Gender Equality vs EquityHowever, because of such a misinterpretation, we can consider Gender Equality to be a very vague concept. Differentiation or classification are important and necessary in order to make the right decisions. Our world is based on differences. In terms of biology, psychology, culture as well as empirical aspects, complete or total equality is only possible in a utopia. Everybody is unique. We have to learn to respect our differences and to nurture our similarities.

This article is not intended to take away your optimism on gender equality, or the belief that the world might soon become a better place. We completely support optimism. We believe in Dreams. Dreams are good and necessary to achieve big changes. Dreams are our daily motivation, keeping us passionately working towards a specific goal, and actually making the world a better place; starting with those who are around us.

Nevertheless, every individual is unique, every story is a series of different experiences. Therefore, we consider it to be more appropriate to talk about Just Behavior, Equity or another concept that might fit better into what we want to do here – what we are working for – together.

As a result of Gender Equality as a widely-spread and vague concept, it is necessary to transmit awareness, and education is the key. We have to start as early as possible, in kindergarten and work with people who will be the future leaders of society. The new concept of Gender Equality needs to be better implemented in people’s brains. It might not be a fair world out there, but we have the opportunity to balance, to support women, girls, men, and boys, to work towards a #Planet5050.

Education & Gender Equality

Some issues that we have to face are the lack of clear information. Confronting it might be to personally reach out through Ambassadors: tell stories and bring gifts that cultivate knowledge. Create awareness about those issues that affect our daily lives, right in front of our own eyes. Share optimism and celebrate the good things in life – together. Organize Model United Nations simulations, preparing the youth for the international arena. Share knowledge, gather key leaders, idols and celebrities, and put them in touch with all levels of society.

The question that arises now in order to set sails towards equity is: Do the people want to learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? We have to create incentives, like traveling, adventures, getting to know interesting and passionate people, teaching new skills… We have to make it interesting and funny: because everybody loves to have fun!

Education is the foundation of society, but we cannot forget the private sector, which is almost omnipresent in our daily lives. Add and promote the SDGs to companies’ ads, products, etc.

In the next months, W.I.R. will work on a general guide for the public and private sector that  illustrates how to collaborate on the awareness-making of SDGs and their implementation – promoting Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP).