National Consultations and Regional Forum on Creating an Enabling Environment for Women's Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship
From December 2012 to April 2013, National Consultations on Creating an Enabling Environment for Women’s Entrepreneurship were held in China, India, Indonesia and Malaysia, culminating in a Regional Forum convened in Beijing, China, as part of a regional programme implemented by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative. The programme aims to identify gender-specific barriers to establishing and upscaling enterprises and strategies to develop an enabling policy environment for women’s entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific.
In all four countries, national consultations convened women entrepreneurs, policymakers, business leaders and civil society representatives to consider how domestic policy development and coordination could better address gender-specific entrepreneurship needs in establishing, sustaining and expanding a business. Participants reviewed the findings of national-level research on barriers to women’s entrepreneurship in each country context and made recommendations to foster the potential of women-owned enterprises. Feedback from the national consultations was used to identify shared challenges and good practices relevant to discussion at the Regional Forum, which considered regional needs and strategies to promote women’s economic empowerment through entrepreneurship across Asia and the Pacific.