Recent studies highlight the importance of creating a more gender-sensitive entrepreneurship culture, including awareness raising campaigns, role models and developments in the education system (OECD, 2021). Focusing on three very different cultural contexts of Iran, India and France, this round table session aims to explore the impact of gendered cultural and institutional contexts on how women entrepreneurs start and operate their businesses. It will offer recommendations for policy makers and those involved in supporting women entrepreneurs.
Panelists: Dr. Severine Le Loarne, Dr. Vahid Makizadeh, Dr. Roshni Narendran
Discussant: Dr. Colette Henry
Moderator: Alena Křížková
Dr. Alena Křížková, Ph.D. is Head of the Gender & Sociology Department of the Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. In 2014 – 2015 she conducted Fulbright Fellowship at Arizona State University for comparative CZ – US research on entrepreneurship environment for disadvantaged populations and gender equality. She uses qualitative and quantitative methodology and develops the intersectional approach to research of social inequalities. Her research focus is on women´s economic independence, economic and social justice, work/life balance and gender in organisations and in entrepreneurship. She is a member of the Committee for Equal Representation of Women and Men in Decision-making Positions and in Politics of the Czech Government Commission for Equal Opportunities of Women and Men, a member of editorial board of the Gender and Research journal and executive team member of Global Women´s Entrepreneurship Policy Network.