Background and research:
To better understand the needs and vulnerabilities of female business owners and female jobseekers, in 2021 IOM undertook a feasibility study which determined that women need additional support to grow their businesses. Restrictions to women’s freedom of movement and decision-making in business investments highlighted factors that restrict businesses from reaching their full potential.
In 2022, IOM expanded on the feasibility study through an assessment and report on supporting female entrepreneurs in Iraq. The findings of the assessment were developed into recommendations that guided the application process, selection criteria, and support mechanisms of EDF-W.
Read the full report available in the publication section below:
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