, Professor, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh
, Associate Professor, Cumilla University, Bangladesh
Bangladesh has been showing tremendous advancement in empowering women in the society although Bangladesh is a male dominated society. Among the total number of entrepreneurs in Bangladesh, above 10% are women. Many women have showed and proved their skills and beat their male counterparts in the small and cottage industries, especially the handicrafts sector; while many audacious entrepreneurs have excelled in Small and Medium Enterprises.
The study goals to scrutinize the influential aspects of women engagement in entrepreneurial activities of handicrafts enterprise in Bangladesh. The data is collected from 175 respondents by survey method through a structured questionnaire with fivepoint Likert scales & multiple items. Convenience and judgmental sampling method are used. Data are analyzed using descriptive analysis (frequency, mean, and standard deviation), correlation analysis, and regression analysis. From the results of regression analysis, the study is showed that financial, business knowledge, and training program, which considerably influence on women engagement in handicrafts enterprise. The study creates consciousness among the women entrepreneurs, government and non-government areas, academicians, researchers, politicians and the investors. The results of the study may be applied by private and government firms, rural development academy, and investigators to encourage women engagement in entrepreneurial activities of handicrafts enterprise in Bangladesh. The study is limited merely women respondents who have already engaged in entrepreneurial activities of handicrafts enterprise for using questionnaire survey in Bangladesh. These investigators take exception to the fact the study is conducted in Dhaka city and women engaged in entrepreneurial activities of handicrafts enterprise is a small national portion. The examiners recommend that the study will be conducted in a more considerable area or in the whole of Bangladesh to determine the actual aspects that influence women engagement in entrepreneurial activities of handicrafts enterprise in Bangladesh.
Keywords: entrepreneurship, women engagement, SMEs, handicrafts, economic development.
JEL Classification: L26, L31, L32.
Cite as: Rahman, Md. M., Abdullah, Md. (2019). Influential Aspects of Women Engagement in Entrepreneurial Activities: A Study on Handicrafts Enterprise in Bangladesh. SocioEconomic Challenges, 3(2), 89-99. http://doi.org/10.21272/sec.3(2).89-99.2019.
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