Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center

Women in Belarus’ Business: features, motivation and barriers

This policy paper looks at who are women in Belarus’ business, are there any gender differences that impact on the effectiveness and successfulness of business. The study also analyses the external and internal factors that impede business development and motives to enter business. The main barriers that face women entrepreneurs are related to the quality of the functioning entrepreneurial ecosystem. However, equally important role is played by the preservation of the traditional division of social roles in terms of household work and childcare sharing. As the results show, the majority of female business owners no longer perceive as a norm the current state of affairs.

The research was conducted within the project «Equal Rights for Women in Business in Belarus and Ways for the Boost of Innovativeness» supported by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

The policy paper is available only in Russian.