Women and youth empowerment and entrepreneurship policy │ Maastricht School of Management Women and youth empowerment and entrepreneurship policy

  • Diploma
    Certificate of participation
  • Mode
    Full-time
  • Course date
    27 June - 8 July 2022 (For MSP applicants)
  • Duration
    10 days
  • Accreditation
    ATHEA

Stimulating the participation of women in business and private sector

Countries need to adapt to disruptions in the field of technological innovations, ecological changes, economic development and social changes. Entrepreneurs and private sector organizations can play an important role in dealing with these changes in developing appropriate products and services and in delivering societal and ecological impact. Female and male entrepreneurs promote innovation, they create jobs, and bring economic prosperity. Nonetheless, in many countries the number of women economically participating as entrepreneurs is much lower than men, leading to a large untapped potential on a worldwide scale.

Women empowerment and entrepreneurship deals with stimulating the participation of women in business and private sector. Even though women are entitled to equal access to economic options, business and resources, their needs and opportunities are often different from men’s. In order for gender equality to improve, these needs and opportunities need to be addressed not only at community level but also system-wide. Therefore, attention for gender related issues and institutionalization of these aspects is essential. Furthermore, there will be a special focus in the program for youth empowerment and entrepreneurship.

Women empowerment and entrepreneurship is also about business and personal development. Businesses and enterprises can thrive if the ecosystem is stimulating and well-developed and where the entrepreneurship policy framework is functioning well. Aspects within this framework which are of great importance are access to capital and networks, a facilitating legislative environment and supportive social norms. Next to the entrepreneurial environment businesses thrive in, entrepreneurship is also about more psychological topics of e.g. self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience, which are closely related to women’s empowerment.

The women empowerment and entrepreneurship program informs you on the most relevant aspects of gender related issues, assessments and analyses. It also includes topics like the development and institutionalization of gender policies, youth empowerment, women empowerment and women entrepreneurship policy. The program offers you the tools and instruments that can help you in developing and implementing effective strategies. The program takes a practice-oriented approach providing you with frameworks, background information and examples from practitioners.