External factors that represent hurdles to European female entrepreneurship
data: 16/09/2015
Two studies related to the own-initiative report of Ms Barbara MATERA (IT, EPP) have been presented on 14 September 2015. The first study Women’s Entrepreneurship: closing the gender gap in access to financial and other services and in social entrepreneurship has been prepared by the Policy Department Citizens Rights and Constitutional Affairs on request of the FEMM committee. It explores differences between men and women entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs. In particular, it looks at the barriers and discriminatory effects that hinder women’s entrepreneurship, including access to finance in the European Union. The study includes four case studies covering the situation in the Czech Republic, Italy, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The other study Good practices in promoting gender equality and women’s economic independence: Women's entrepreneurship has been prepared by the European Gender Equality Institute (EIGE) in the framework of their review of area F Women and the Economy of the Beijing Platform for Action. The EIGE study presents the EU context and policy framework for women's entrepreneurship and the results of their research into best practices in this area.