The Association of Business Women “Vision” Kragujevac along with the City Assembly of Kragujevac, the Club BPW Nis and the Regional Economic Development Agency Sumadija and Pomoravlje organised an international Conference with the title “Women’s prescription for the crisis” hosted at the City Hall of Kragujevac from 21 to 22 March 2014, where I was invited to speak as a key note speaker on women entrepreneurship and more specifically experiences and new projects for new jobs.
The event was divided into two separate parts, the first one on Friday March 21st and the other one on Saturday March 22nd. Both parts included discussion rounds, open dialogue and networking opportunities for all the participants.
When addressing the audience I had the opportunity to emphasize my continuous dedication with my work through the EESC in promoting gender quality and female entrepreneurship within Europe and globally and more specifically I emphasized on the EESC’s Opinion SOC/446 on Female Entrepreneurship. I presented the bare numbers, specifically that in the European Union only 1 in 10 women are entrepreneurs as opposed to 1 in 4 men, with about 60% of university graduates being women. I pointed out that if we actually want to get out of the financial crisis then we need to support female entrepreneurship. For this I took the example of a research undertaken by Natwest Bank in the UK, which found that 88% of women compared with 74% of men, were predicting growth in their businesses, while the growth predicted averaged 25%.
Other speakers included Serbia women’s groups, best practice examples of cross border cooperation from Bulgaria, Hungary and Kosovo, Italian presentations on human resource management and communication, and practicing female entrepreneurs with inspiring stories. The Municipality of Kragujevac presented their regional programme to support growth.
During the question and answer session on the Saturday I highlighted EU programmes that could support Serbia through the accession process and also specifically in terms of promoting entrepreneurship. I have offered to support the Municipality in finding project partners and in promoting entrepreneurship education for all. I was indeed impressed by the very proactive attitude
Participants and speakers approached me later to describe how inspiring these ideas were and how useful they could prove in forming the policies within their own countries because female entrepreneurship can be the way to growth and the exit from the financial crisis which is still keeping Europe and Western Balkans from reaching progress and socio-economic prosperity.
I was honoured to be treated with such respect and love because of the EESC’s continual commitment to Serbia and to women across Europe in the fight to prove the value of entrepreneurship. I realise I am in a privileged position to fight for those less fortunate than myself, but also to share EU policy to develop concrete actions.
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Thank you for this great opportunity to introduce the EESC’s vision on female entrepreneurship.