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Culture as a barrier to rural women's entrepreneurship: experience from Zimbabwe.

Authors
  • Chitsike, C
Type
Published Article
Journal
Gender and development
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2000
Volume
8
Issue
1
Pages
71–77
Identifiers
PMID: 12349641
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

This article identifies the important issues addressed by programs and projects that are aimed at promoting women's equality through entrepreneurship and suggests several actions for future focus of gender programs and training. Culture was seen as a barrier to the self-confident and autonomous economic activities of women in Zimbabwe. Likewise, structural barriers such as lack of marketable skills, time and ability to travel, land and assets, education, and position as primary family providers all compounded to the problem of entrepreneurship among women. Establishment of policy approaches for women like vocational skills training augmented by training in business skills and marketing, however, are insufficient since it failed to discuss and transfer behavioral skills necessary to make one an entrepreneur. To conclude, programs must be designed to empower personal skills and self-awareness, as well as address the constraints to entrepreneurship, and macroeconomic policy change.

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