A significant majority of women-led enterprises in India are locked into low productivity cycles and operate at a subsistence level, with an average of fewer than two employees. For larger enterprises, access to funding, mentoring and skill-building support remain a persistent challenge. In the wake of COVID-19, we have seen shining examples of women-led enterprises contributing to relief and community-building efforts and adapting to market changes. Despite these noteworthy contributions, it is evident that women-led enterprises are at a greater risk of shutting down. The need of the hour is a significant thrust from policy, industry and community microenterprises in navigating the changing socio-economic environment and building their resilience to shocks in the long-term.
On the occasion of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (November 19), LEAD and IWWAGE are hosting a Twitter chat on the critical gaps in the entrepreneurship ecosystem, emerging evidence around enhancing and sustaining women’s participation in entrepreneurial activity, and identifying further research and collaboration opportunities in light of the COVID crisis. We will be posting a series of questions to steer the discussion, over the course of an hour. Please join the action on Twitter @leadatkrea @iwwageifmr using #WERISEtwitterchat
Please share your twitter handles to <firstname.lastname@example.org> if you would like us to tag you on the questions
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