Closing Gender Gaps in Education, Finance & Child Care – Unlocking the Full Potential of Women Entrepreneurship in India

George, Geena

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The staggeringly low number of women entrepreneurs in India demands for a number of interventions in terms of education, access to finance and child-care options. Considering that women empowerment in itself is valuable and has positive effects on the economy, it is high time to address the gender gaps in education, unequal access to finance and unequal distribution of domestic responsibilities. Evidence shows that there is a clear correlation between women entrepreneurship and factors such as women literacy rates, financial knowledge, owning a bank account – among others. While the largest share of child care falls on women, it can be dealt through adequate infrastructure such as child-care centers. Although the government has taken initiatives on entrepreneurship, few of these target women. Due to the limitations and low status of women in society, these initiatives are mostly unfavorable. Hence, it is now time to amend policies and make them more gender inclusive. This policy brief discusses various interventions, including strategic plans for free and compulsory education advocacy and awareness in partnership with nonprofits, women-specific financial inclusion policies and programs collaborating with the State Bank of India, and establishing child-care centers.

Document type: Article
Publisher: South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2021
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2021 12:25
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Economics
Controlled Keywords: Indien, Entrepreneurship, Geschlechterrolle, Emanzipation
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indien, Politik, Wirtschaft, weibliches Unternehmertum, Bildung, Zugang zu Finanzmitteln, Kinderbetreuung, indisches Unternehmertum, Frauen in der Wirtschaft, geschlechtergerechte Politik, Skill India, Startup India, Frauenförderung / India, Policy, economy, Women Entrepreneurship, Education, Access to Finance, Child Care, Indian Entrepreneurship, Women in Business, Gender-inclusive Policies, Skill India, Startup India, Women Empowerment
Subject (classification): Education and Research
Countries/Regions: India
Series: Themen > SADF Focus
Volume: 72
Additional Information: DOI:10.48251/SADF.ISSN.2406-5633.F72 (der Erstausgabe)