June 3, 2014
In its Gender-GEDI Female Entrepreneurship Index, Dell found that over 75% of 30 countries surveyed don’t have the fundamental conditions for women entrepreneurs.
The study took into account local startups scenes, business environments, and women’s aspirations – including things like access to bank accounts, basic legal rights, and gender inequality across industries and management positions. Here’s the ranking – scores below 50 indicate that fundamental conditions for female entrepreneurship are missing:
Here are some of the more disturbing findings:
- In 14 out of 30 countries, 50%+ of women are unbanked.
- In 22 out of 30 countries, women tend to be excluded from jobs in certain sectors, like STEM.
- 25 out of 30 countries have less than 40% female managers.
- In 22 out of 30 countries, married women have fewer rights than married men
- In 21 out of 30 countries, women don’t have the same access to employment as men.
- In 8 out of 30 countries, women don’t have equal access to property.
“To harness the full potential of the low performing countries, the Gender-GEDI results demonstrate that basic improvements are required in terms of access to equal legal rights and education as well as acceptance of women’s social and economic empowerment,” said Ruta Aidis, project director for the Gender-GEDI.
While empowering women worldwide is a worthy goal in its own right, it will also empower women entrepreneurs and bring a diversity of perspectives to local problems and local innovation. But for now, over 75% of the countries measured – and I suspect an even higher percentage of total countries – are missing out.
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