STRATEGIES FOR CURBING THE IMPACT OF BELIEF SYSTEM ON THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT OF WOMEN IN AFRICA

Authors

  • Alozie, Elsie.N Department of Home Science/Hospitality Management and Tourism Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
  • Umeh-Idika, S.A Department of Home Science/Hospitality Management and Tourism Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike

Keywords:

Entrepreneurship, Belief System, Women, Africa, Impact

Abstract

Women play an important role in the economic development of their families and communities. In Africa, women’s participation in economic activities has been identified to be of paramount importance, most especially in the area of entrepreneurship. However, they disproportionately experience barriers such as low income, household burdens, poverty, unemployment, lack of training, and discrimination due to the belief system in the continent. This paper reviewed relevant literature on culture as a contributor to economic activities of a nation in general and entrepreneurship in particular. The paper identified and explained cultural variables
considered as obstacle to women’s entrepreneurial development such as gender roles, domestic issues, and lack of access to resources, among others. It suggested among other things, the need for constant advocacy, including taking deliberate steps to build the capacity and develop relevant skills of women entrepreneurs. The traditional gendered role of women should never be a hindrance rather; equal opportunity is a necessary condition for achieving entrepreneurial development for women in Africa.

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Published

2022-11-29