Women entrepreneurship development: A study of selected areas in Goa
Dr. Anthony Rodrigues
Women entrepreneurship development is an essential part of human resource development. The development of women entrepreneurship is very low in India, especially in the rural areas. Entrepreneurship amongst women has been a recent concern. Women have become aware of their existence, their rights and their work situation. However, women of middle class are not too eager to alter their role in fear of social backlash. The progress is more visible among upper class families in urban cities.rnEntrepreneurship is the core of economic development. It is a multi-dimensional task and essentially creative activity. Entrepreneur is key factor of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship has been a male-dominated phenomenon from the very early age but time has changed the situation and brought women as today's most memorable and inspirational entrepreneurs. The position and status of women in any society is an index of its civilization and progress.rnDespite all legislation and policy commitments and planning, women remain a vulnerable group. If we are to translate the policy commitment of Women’s empowerment in to a reality we would have to go beyond the current outlook on gender budgeting which excludes several dimensions of the problem. We have to go in for a more broad based approach that addresses planning, adequate resources allocation, programme design and formulation, targeted intervention and implementation based upon the requirement of Women residing at the field level with their participation. This has to be supplemented by relentless reality checks at the field level. Gender mainstreaming has to be guiding force in all this activities to maximize outreach of public expenditure and benefits for women’s. Further universalizing access is very important for meaningful outcomes.rnRight efforts from all areas are required in the development of women entrepreneurs and their greater participation in the entrepreneurial activities. The following measures are suggested to empower the women to seize various opportunities and face challenges in business.