Women's entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa


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The OECD-MENA Women’s Business Forum (WBF) is an inter-regional network of government, private sector and civil society representatives which promotes efforts to accelerate women’s enterprise development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The WBF works with governments to improve policies and legislation impacting women’s economic integration, but also with businesses, NGOs and academia to facilitate an exchange of experiences and good practices for providing concrete support to women entrepreneurs.

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This 2012 publication provides a comparative assessment of policy measures to promote, support and advance women’s entrepreneurship in 18 Middle East and North Africa economies.

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2012 OECD-MENA Women's Business Forum and Conference on fostering youth and women's employment in the MENA region, Paris, 21 November 2012

Women's entrepreneurship in the MENA region, Paris,
23 May 2012

Emerging economies, emerging leaderships: Arab women and youth as drivers of change, Sharjah,  15-17 May 2012

Policies and services to support women’s entrepreneurship development, Paris, 27-28 September 2011

Arab Women in private equity: New frontiers for the MENA region, Paris, 23 May 2011

Growing micro and small enterprises: Tackling financing obstacles in the MENA region, Casablanca,
22-23 February 2011

Enhancing the business enabling environment for women in Arab countries, Beirut, 24 November 2010

Conference on gender equality in government and business, Paris, 4 May 2010

OECD-MENA Women’s Business Forum briefing, Washington, 28 April 2010

Supporting the integration of women in MENA economies, Tunis, 29 March 2010

MENA-OECD Business Forum and Women Business Leaders Summit, Marrakech, 22 November 2009

Fostering entrepreneurship and enhancing access to finance, Paris, 26 October 2009

First OECD-MENA Women's Business Leaders Forum, Cairo, 27 November 2007

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