African women’s entrepreneurial efforts stalled by discrimination

A new study by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) reports that pervasive sex discrimination is impeding African women’s success in business.

The study, entitled “Lessons from Success Stories of African Women Entrepreneurs,” called for initiatives beyond microcredit schemes while pointing out that women continue manage businesses which generate employment and tax revenue despite limited government support, negative social environments, institutional discrimination and lasting gender inequalities.

The study is based on the experiences of women entrepreneurs in Botswana, Burundi, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda.