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Webinar: Women entrepreneurship policy and Covid-19
While traditional recessions tend to affect male-dominated sectors more acutely (e.g. manufacturing, construction), the current COVID-19 crisis and associated policy responses (social distancing) have had a major impact on the hospitality and retail industries, where women entrepreneurs are over-represented. The current crisis has also drastically reduced access to out-of-home childcare, which has the potential to affect many women entrepreneurs' ability to ensure business continuity. As such, women entrepreneurs, who were already under-represented in most OECD countries before the crisis stand to be affected disproportionately. Because they tend to rely less on bank funding than their male counterparts, they also are at a higher risk of "falling between the cracks" of mass emergency relief programmes that rely on existing products in commercial banks for speed, or leave out the smallest businesses. Policy makers need to ensure that their short and medium-term relief programmes accurately take into account the needs of women entrepreneurs. However, most policy responses so far have not been gender-sensitive. What are the best strategies to respond to the needs of women’s entrepreneurship in an efficient manner?

Jun 9, 2020 03:00 PM in Paris

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