Serbia is still a very traditional society in terms of jobs too

Less than 20 percent of all entrepreneurs in Serbia are women – the results of the EY Entrepreneurial Barometer study has shown.

However, the forecast is optimistic with more and more women taking matters into their own hands and starting their own businesses. At the end of the fourth quarter of 2023, the number of entrepreneurs/small business owners in Serbia and persons employed by them stood at 416,922, which accounted for 17.6 percent of the total number of employees in our country.

Furthermore, the number of entrepreneurs increased by 11,934 or 2.9 percent compared to the same period a year earlier.

However, as many as 46.23 percent of entrepreneurs say that the business environment for them in Serbia is unfavourable. Another worrying fact is that, in 2023, there were 4.5 times more male entrepreneurs than women, according to the results of this study.

If we take into account that, according to the last census, there are more women in Serbia than men, i.e. 3.4 million and 3.2 million respectively, it seems that women are nowhere near equally represented among entrepreneurs.

Commissioner for the Protection of Equality, Brankica Janković, notes that these data indicate a rather large disproportion.

“We are far from the desired numbers, but despite the mentioned statistics, we should keep in mind that there are a large number of extremely capable women in  Serbia, whom I had the opportunity to meet. More and more women are taking matters into their own hands and do not retreat in the face of obstacles, but work bravely and determinedly to create opportunities, because they have a vision and a goal,” she says.

She says that the development of female entrepreneurship is an important driving force in our society and an underutilized source of economic growth.

“We need to encourage female entrepreneurship by creating public policies that support women entrepreneurs and promote gender equality,” Janković believes.

Education, she adds, is also a significant factor that affects the breaking of stereotypes and prejudices and encourages women to start their own businesses.

(Danas, 29.02.2024)

https://www.danas.rs/vesti/ekonomija/srbija-preduzetnik-zene/

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