Women’s entrepreneurship will be one of the key topics at the World Franchise Forum to be held in Moscow on 30 May 2018. The “Franchising in the Beauty and Fitness Industry” session will be attended by women entrepreneurs who have opened cafés, beauty salons, fitness and educational centres.
Women’s entrepreneurship as economy’s new growth point is becoming one of the principal discussion topics at the biggest and most influential international platforms. The Forum of Women Parliamentarians held at the 137th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) organized by the Roscongress Foundation in 2017 noted the great potential and good development dynamics of women’s entrepreneurship. The “Increasing the Contribution of Women to Economic Growth and Prosperity: Creating an Enabling Environment” international forum, to be held as part of St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2018, will take up the discussion. In September, the new role and opportunities for women in the context of the 21st century’s challenges will be discussed at the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum to be held on 20–21 September 2018 in St. Petersburg.
Women’s entrepreneurship is a key element of global economic development. The International Labour Organization states that a third of the world’s entrepreneurs are women. Their work creates about 37% of the total GDP. Since the Women Business Index was launched in 2015, women’s entrepreneurship has been on the rise.
“We are pleased to note that women’s businesses in Russia are an important, rapidly growing part of small- and medium-sized entrepreneurship. One of the principal tasks for the state and business today is to jointly create a legal, administrative and financial environment to help women find themselves in business. Much has already been done and we need to make skilful use of the instruments provided for businesses. In the 1990s, when I just started out in business in Russia as a Baskin Robbins franchisee, women made up about 15% of all entrepreneurs; today, they account for 34%. Sociological surveys show that more than half of women working for hire would like to start their own business”, noted Agnessa Osipova, President of the Russian Franchise Association.
Events of the World Franchise Forum will be held with the support of the Roscongress Foundation, the Moscow Government, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia, the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, and Russia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Participation is free for Forum delegates and Expo visitors.
You may submit your application form at https://forum.rusfranch.ru/. Submission deadline: 28 May 2018.