This report is the result of a research effort by businesswomen's associations and research institutions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to gather the opinions, concerns and recommendations of women business owners in Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates. The purpose of this analysis is to better understand the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa region and to promote an environment in which female as well as male entrepreneurs can thrive. It includes recommendations for policy makers, financial institutions, and women business organizations. The project was a collaborative effort of IFC and the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR) as part of a capacity-building initiative to help these organizations learn about, serve and advocate for women business owners. The full regional report was translated into Arabic and is accompanied by three individual country reports (Jordan, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates).
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