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The role of female entrepreneurs in nation building

Lame, Suleiman Mohammeds and Wan Yusoff, Wan Fauziah (2013) The role of female entrepreneurs in nation building. In: 1st FPTP Postgraduate Seminar 2013, 23 December 2013, Fakulti Pengurusan Teknologi dan Perniagaan, UTHM .


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Women's participation in economic activities in the developing world is mostly confined to the informal sectors of the economy. In most cases, women are significantly over represented in the more vulnerable areas of employment such as unpaid family work, seasonal agricultural laborers and domestic servants. Female entrepreneurs are highly marginalized and disempowered in the formal sectors in the developing world economies. This is evident from the patriarchal system that largely assumed women as naturally inferior to men. In most developing economies, the contribution of female entrepreneurs to the national development and economic transformation is very minimal. The paper aims at examining the current trend in female entrepreneurship in the developing world. The central focus is on women in small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) and the role they played in the economic transformation of their communities. The methodology is based on the review of recent relevant literature and the analysis of secondary data. The findings revealed that the representations of women in entrepreneurial activities in most developing countries are very low due to low levels of education and gender inequality. The paper concludes by making some recommendations that, there should be positive action beyond political rhetoric, government at all levels should adopt appropriate invention strategies that will address the issues of inequality, better education for female entrepreneurs in order to ensure their full participation in gainful economic activities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: entrepreneur; entrepreneurship; female entrepreneurs; informal sector; small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD4801-8943 Labor. Work. Working class
Divisions: Faculty of Technology Management and Business > Department of Technology Management
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2014 00:49
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2014 00:49
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/5776
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