Happy Women's Day: What makes women happy?


The day after a very successful closing event for a MIF-funded project to strengthen women entrepreneurs, held last Friday in Lima, Peru, I found myself browsing through a major Peruvian newspaper over a delicious ceviche at the airport, waiting to fly back to Washington. It was March 8thInternational  Women’s Day, and the paper featured commemorated the day with dedicated articles, columns, a photo essay and coverage of several events that had taken place the day before. While the articles were inspiring in many ways, recognizing the need to strengthen gender equality and support women entrepreneurs in growing their businesses, a four page series of Women’s Day ads for discounts on mixers and other household goods caught my eye. They were not very different from the now dusty ads of smiling housewives in the 1950's.

lunes, 10 de marzo de 2014/Author: Georg Neumann/Number of views (7266)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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WeXchange: What will you do differently come Monday morning?

Still a little tired from my morning flight, I am very excited about the MIF’s first ever pitching conference, WeXchange, held in Miami this week with over 50 women entrepreneurs – and an equal number of investors.

I hope they were energized by the sessions, speakers, and mentoring sessions. I myself was impressed by the creativity and dynamism of these women and their business ideas, led of course by the winner of our pitching competition, Angela Cois, whose start-up Last Room makes last minute hotel reservations really easy. But the runners-up were also impressive: Cecilia Calderon of Chile-based DentiDesk, Sylvia Chebi of Greentizen, Uruguay; Ana Hornstein of Fotter, Argentina; Montse Piquer of Nidmi, Spain; and Yanina Baglieri of DineroTaxi, Argentina, and all the other businesswomen I talked to over the couple of days. To help you come back Monday morning ready to take on your next big idea, I wanted to briefly put together some of the recommendations.

viernes, 13 de diciembre de 2013/Author: Georg Neumann/Number of views (8029)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

¿Por qué no hay más mujeres empresarias exitosas en América Latina?

Algunas barreras son más fáciles de ver que otras.  Los obstáculos que las mujeres enfrentan son evidentes cuando se comparan distintas culturas y partes del mundo – leyes por las cuales las mujeres no pueden conducir o ser propietarias, regulaciones que no las dejan participar o ser miembros de determinadas entidades – mientras que otras son más sutiles. No existen reglas que prevengan a las mujeres en América Latina, comenzar su propio negocio.  En realidad, con compañías medianas a grandes muchas veces reacias a contratar a mujeres calificadas por una serie de razones pobremente sustentadas, los pequeños negocios parecerían ser la plataforma de lanzamiento para las másemprendedoras entre nosotras.

Entonces, ¿porque no hay más mujeres empresarias exitosas?


lunes, 18 de noviembre de 2013/Author: Susana Garcia-Robles/Number of views (8443)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Growth in women’s businesses: the role of finance

Nancy Lee is the General Manager of the MIF. This blog has been prepared for the CGAP blog. It is also part of a series discussing some of the key issues on the agenda at XVI Foromic taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico from September 30 to October 2.

The time is ripe for a wider discussion on gender and finance: evidence of the gains from economic empowerment of women is mounting rapidly - households, firms, farms, communities, and whole economies perform significantly better when women have opportunities to raise their productivity.  It is practically tautological that growth will accelerate when half the population is more productive.  The fundamental question at this point is: what factors are holding women back?  It is surprising that we have so few empirically well-grounded answers. 

lunes, 30 de septiembre de 2013/Author: Anonym/Number of views (12555)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Introducing the WEVentureScope

photo by IDB EXR: Gayle Lemmon of the Council on Foreign Relations and Silvia Carbonell, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, IAE Business School during the Women's Entrepreneurial Venture Scope launch event. July 25, 2013. Washington, D.C.

We had a great launch of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Venture Scope (WEVentureScope) in late July at the MIF. Nancy Lee, MIF General Manager, and Leo Abruzzese, the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Forecasting Director and Executive Editor for the Americas, talked about the key findings and construction of the Index, and an all-star panel moderated by Gayle Lemmon of the Council on Foreign Relations discussed the bright spots and challenges related to women’s entrepreneurship in the region, including access to finance, markets, and skill building opportunities.
jueves, 8 de agosto de 2013/Author: Lauren Murphy/Number of views (9381)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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