Research promoting female social entrepreneurship
Access to economic resources
Presentation of the European Women's Lobby study, September, 11 2015 in Brussels.
Hungarian woman social entrepreneure who participated to the EWL's study
Research by the EWL in September 2015.
Social entrepreneurship is an approach to entrepreneurship which places economic efficiency at par with public interest. Due to the fact that legal definitions of social enterprise vary from country to country, it is challenging to develop a comprehensive picture of the overall situation of social entrepreneurship in Europe. Research indicates that women are more highly represented in social enterprise than traditional enterprise yet the barriers they face remain significantly higher than those of their male counterparts.
The European Women’s Lobby launched WEstart research project to develop a global vision of female social entrepreneurship. This initiative aims to collect and widely circulate data on women’s social entrepreneurship in Europe in order to improve knowledge.
Fondation CHANEL supported this pilot research project which enabled data collection from 400 women social entrepreneurs in 10 European countries. By participating in the project steering committee, the Foundation strengthened its ties with this leading reference organization.
- The WEstart study, supported by the work of 10 national experts, gathered quantitative and qualitative data on over 1,000 social enterprises run by women.
- A website intended for female entrepreneurs and the public was launched to promote networking.
- The Foundation helped to circulate the results of this study in France.
The European Women’s Lobby works to promote the successful participation of women’s organizations at the EU level.