Abstract

Growing awareness of the economic potential of women entrepreneurs has led many governments to develop dedicated, gender-specific policies and programs to support female entrepreneurship. The extent to which these policies assist women to start and grow successful ventures is largely unknown. In many cases the provision may not be suitable for the women’s requirements; in other cases women may be unaware that this policy provision exists to support their enterprises. The aims of this paper are (i) to explore in what ways and to what extent women utilize the availability of enterprise policies (ii) to investigate whether policy makers consider women to be relevant in the formulation of gender-specific enterprise policy (iii) and to contribute these findings to the enterprise policy formulation process.

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