Under the high patronage of the Ministry of national solidarity, family and women’s conditions, a conference was organized on 13th May 2017 in the graduate school of social security by the Association des femmes en économie verte - AFEV to present the outcomes of the diagnostic study on women’s entrepreneurship in the municipalities of Algiers and Bouzareah.
This diagnostic study conducted by the AFEV is part of the peoject “Strengthening the capacities of actors working for gender equality” funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI) within the framework of the Axis 1 «Femmes d’avenir en Méditerranée» from the Priority Solidarity Fund.
The main goal of this diagnostic study is to spread the view of women’s situation on their own territories using the experiences in the field and the work done by the local institutions and by civil society for promoting women’s entrepreneurship. This initiative has been realized by AFEV, as head of the network of the local cluster of gender equality actors – cycle 2 and theitr institutional partners, such as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Mezghena, the CREAD, the APC from Bouzareah and Algiers Center, and the associations working on women’s emancipation and the protection of women’s rights (Djazairouna and Femmes en communications).
In a first phase, this local cluster of gender equality actors initiated a pilot action of actors’ mobilization in their territories around women’s entrepreneurship that consisted of some exchange activities, data collection, consultations, reflective activities and sharing of experiences. The second phase, was a survey made with the collaboration of all the partners (APC, CCI from AFEV, and a consultant from CREAD) to determine a state of play of the presence of women in the public space.
The outcomes of the survey showed that women’s presence in working life is low and it is because their difficulties for accessing to employment.
The reasons of this low turnout are the social pressure and the influence of traditional stereotypes towards women entrepreneurship, as well as the cultural constraints which do not promote development nor women’s entrepreneurship. Moreover, women entrepreneurs drop out their projects because of the fear of the risk created by the project or due to family constraints of conciliation between social and professional life.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.