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Women Entrepreneurship and Social Development in South Asia

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Workshop Summary:

The workshop on “Women Entrepreneurship and Social Development in South Asia’ will focus on the issues of gender and development in South Asia in a comparative context.

The invited speakers will examine ongoing gender and development issues focusing on labour and migration, education, health, financial inclusion, women's political participation and leadership, and women’s entrepreneurship.


Speakers and topics:

  • Professor Sadeka Halim, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Dhaka

Title: Women Entrepreneurship in Bangladesh: Issues and Challenges


  • Dr. Susan Mayson, Monash Business School

Title: Women and Social Enterprises: Exploring the Impact of gender on entrepreneurship.


  • Professor Supriya Sing, Professor, Sociology of Communications, Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University.

Title: Women, Money and Empowerment


  • Dr. Abu Zafar Shahariar, Monash Business School and Dean A. Shepherd,, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame

Title: Threats to Wellbeing and Entrepreneurship: Violence against Women and New Venture Initiation


  • Assoc. Professor Ramanie Samaratunge, Dr. S. Kumara, Dr. Lakmal Abeysekera, Monash Business School & Prof. Alex Newman, Deakin University

Title: Network ties and firm performance of micro-enterprises in the informal sector in Sri Lanka: Exploring the mediating effects of entrepreneurial self-efficacy


  • Dr. Nilupama Wijewardena, Dr. S. Kumara, Assoc. Professor Ramanie Samaratunge & Dr. Lakmal Abeysekera, Monash Business School

Title:The effects of work demands on firm performance: the case of women-led micro businesses in Sri Lanka


Chairs:

  • Professor Marika Vicziany
  • Professor Julie W Cox


Full Overview:

Development debates are currently in a state of flux impacting formulation of effective policies and appropriate practice for women’s empowerment and sustainable development. Some argue for the market-driven, neo-liberal solutions to gender equality, while others believe that equitable gender relations will only come when women (and men) are empowered to understand their predicaments and work together to find local solutions to improve their lives (Kristy, 2005).

This workshop will use the context of development in South Asia to critically engage with issues important to development planners, national leaders and women's groups throughout South Asia.

The invited speakers will examine ongoing gender and development issues focusing on labour and migration, education, health, financial inclusion, women's political participation and leadership, and women’s entrepreneurship. These topics are important because they relate to issues of poverty alleviation and gender equity for women and men in local, national and international contexts. Socially empowered and economically engaged women entrepreneurs can unlock the social taboos that limit their participation in social, political and economic activities and lay the foundation for achieving SDGs by creating a more inclusive social fabric and expanded economic opportunities.

South Asian nations have achieved some remarkable progress in transforming their social fabric by taking strategic policy initiatives to engage women in economic activities. The workshop will showcase examples of programs and cases on women participation in economic and social activities in South Asia. The untold stories of this quiet revolution will demonstrate the strategic role played by state and non-state sectors in giving women more freedom in the choices they make for themselves and their families.

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