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Steps still needed to help women grow SMEs and home businesses

19 Dec 2017

he obstacles faced by young women and Syrian refugees willing to establish home businesses are still extremely high, experts agreed at a panel discussion on Monday.

Organised by the LEADERS consortium in Jordan and funded by the EU regional trust fund "Madad", the panel aimed to discuss the findings and recommendations of a joint briefing paper titled "Balancing the Books — Including women and protecting refugees is essential to realising small business growth in Jordan".

According to the latest national statistics, female participation in the workforce amounts to a small 12.5 per cent, compared with 58.5 per cent of males. 

Furthermore, the majority of the Jordanian workforce is employed in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, which are, nonetheless, still poorly monitored and subject to many challenges, according to the National Employment Strategy 2011-2020.

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