Conference: Fostering Gender Equality : Meeting the Entrepreneurship and Microfi...

Oct 2007
Paris, France, October, 09 2007 - On 13-14 December, 2007, Gender Equality in microentrepreneurship and microfinance in Europe which will be held in Madrid, in the “Círculo de Bellas Artes”.

Women in Europe represent only 30 % of entrepreneurs and they cite access to finance as the most significant constraint affecting the launch, growth and sustainability of their businesses. Microfinance address these challenges directly by offering loans of 25.000 euros and less, often accepting alternative (or not) collateral arrangements.

The Conference will give central stage to internationally known speakers from microfinance organisations, enterprise support providers, government delegates as well as delegates representing EU institutions. Speakers will highlight different approaches with respect to female entrepreneurship in Europe and will present their respective experience. Furthermore, pilot projects and examples of good practices will be discussed and recommendations for policy makers, researchers, business support providers and microfinance practitioners will be formulated.


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