Event discusses challenges involving women’s participation in the economy
Ligia Paula Pires Pinto, the coordinator of the Law, Gender and Identity Group at the FGV´s Sao Paulo Law School (Direito SP), took part in a seminar titled “Women, Companies and the Law: an analysis of progress and challenges involving women’s participation in the economy” at the Higher School of Entrepreneurship (ESE) in Sao Paulo, on August 8.
The meeting, organized by the World Bank, FGV and the Brazilian Micro and Small Enterprise Support Service (Sebrae), was also attended by Junia Nogueira de Sá, the founder of the Enterprising Women’s Network; Renata Malheiros, Sebrae’s national coordinator for
entrepreneurship projects; and Paula Tavares, a senior lawyer who specializes in women’s rights at the World Bank.
With regard to women’s entrepreneurship, Pinto said that although Brazil is one of the world’s most enterprising countries, women don’t have the conditions needed for them to be successful in their projects.
“Women now represent 51% of Brazilian entrepreneurs, according to Sebrae figures, but businesses led by women generate 22% less revenue than those led by men. This is because they dedicate less time to their businesses, as they also juggle other responsibilities in the home and at school,” she said.
After presenting a series of data, Pinto also concluded that Brazil is far behind when it comes to legislation that properly regulates and protects parental leave.