Women in Moldova manage almost one third of businesses

Women in Moldova run 27% of the businesses in the country, 85% of which are in urban areas, with 60% of them being in Chisinau. The number of businesswomen is yet low, even if it’s larger than in some of the European countries. The state should implement a strategy for supporting and promoting women entrepreneurial activities, said authors of an employers’ study of the business environment, IPN reports.

During the presentation of the study, Minister of Labor, Social Protection and Family Valentina Buliga said that in the countries were the women entrepreneurs have the same rights as men, the Gross Domestic Product is by 15% higher. “We must create a favorable business environment to develop women entrepreneurship and to encourage the businesswomen,” she stated.

Study author Iulia Drumea, project coordinator at the National Employers Confederation, said there is no system of training in entrepreneurship for promoting women entrepreneurship. The authorities must stage information campaigns on how to start a business and produce TV programs with successful businesswoman so that the women have an example to follow. An institution is needed to ensure equality between women and men.

Executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Moldova Mila Malairau said that in order to support the businesswomen, the state should set up crèches or offer them allowances so that they can hire a babysitter. “The women practically abandon the career when they give birth. It is very hard to return,” she stated.

Iulia Iabanji, director of the Organization for the Development of the SME Sector, believes that the strategic state documents should focus on the active participation of women in public life. She said that the discrepancy between the activities of women in villages and towns is wide and the rural women should be supported in particular.

The study was made by the National Employers Confederation with a view to highlighting the problems faced by businesswomen.