The country made progress in the last year in female entrepreneurship, where it occupies the 22nd position, according to this year’s Mastercard Women Entrepreneurs Index.
Portugal is the sixth country in the world with the most women entrepreneurs (32.2%), after Botswana, Uganda and Ghana, where necessity is the driving force of female entrepreneurship, and also after Russia and the USA. But only in the US do Portuguese women find equivalence, whether in the high level of income or in the business engine being innovation, explains the study. Mastercard Women Entrepreneurs Index.
Female entrepreneurship has been increasing in Portugal in recent years, the country in 22nd position among the 65 countries analysed. The USA, New Zealand and Canada are the countries where more women are entrepreneurs because “they are economies where the ability to thrive in entrepreneurial activities is greater, and also because they have easier access to different resources, from knowledge to financial support”, as an advance source from Mastercard.
In Portugal, the same source stands out, although the “country obtains a good result in a set of indicators, with the joint governance model or the participation of women in specialized or technical work, there are still some areas that can progress in the media of advanced economies, particularly in terms of access to financial products, competitiveness or the business environment”.
The transfer study, still, the percentage women business managers and Portugal maintains one of the best positions, with 37.4% of women, ahead of countries like Ireland (35.7%), France (34.6%) or Germany (29.7%). The percentage of women in technical and specialized work in Portugal (52.5%) it is also higher than Denmark (50.3%), Germany (52%), Ireland (51.4%) or Spain (49.7%). However, no access to financial products among women entrepreneurs, Portugal is in 31st place – well behind the United Kingdom (9th) or Germany (11th) -, also falling behind in support of small and medium-sized enterprises (32nd) .
“There is a set of indicators that give us confidence that the evolution in the coming years will be positive in terms of gender equality in companies and at work. This naturally involves mobilizing resources for women and contributing to women’s investment as well. for reduction areas such as credit. resources for the development of skills, knowledge and innovation”, concluded Maria Antónia Saldanha, director of Mastercard in Portugal.