Promoting Skill Development and Entrepreneurs among Women : Role of Academic Institutions Pro
Women Entrepreneurship, Skill Development, gender, micro small and medium enterprises.
Women in the given social construction and gender roles, are expected to be prioritizing to household activities and care economy. With education and social consciousness, affirmative action and interventions of the State, it is made possible for women to acquire skills and hire our the same in the market. Still there are gaps which is evidenced in research studies that not all women and women students in colleges use the skills to initiate entrepreneurial ventures. It is true that women entrepreneurship promotion is a necessary condition for over all development of the nation and empowerment of the Women. The approaches towards women have got a shift from equity to welfare to empowerment where the women are recognized as agents of development. Entrepreneurship would directly contribute to women empowerment as the agency of women are being articulated. There are several challenges right from motivating the women to take up a business venture, to initiate, grow and sustain them in enterprise development. It is partly due to the gendered socio cultural, economic and political factors and partly due to personal, psychological hindrances and obstacles. The former is being imposed and internalized in the cultural environment while the latter is acquainted by the women due to the pressure of the society. The space that the women occupy, the gender role division, the productive opportunities extended etc have really pushed the women to backseat and remain invisible. Given that the women have entered all the fields which were originally considered as domains of men, it is proved that women can do and engage in all activities provided opportunities are being extended with equal social environment and motivation. There are number of social institutions including academic institutions to support and motivate the women to make their career choice to entrepreneurship as often women shy away from the same. Women continue to engage in micro enterprises, feminine nature of products, increasingly dependent on informal credit, confine to traditional enterprises till recent times. Women are to be introduced to MSMEs, avail bank loan, engage in non-conventional enterprises and venture into areas which are considered only
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 2

Page(s): 411 - 418
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