Promoting women's economic independence and entrepreneurship good practices.
Within the framework of its support to the Member States holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union by monitoring progress in the selected critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action, the European Institute for Gender Equality has reviewed area F, ‘Women and the economy'. To this end, the Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale (IRS) has been selected for the ‘Study on area F of the Beijing Platform for Action — Women and the economy'. Within the study, a specific part (Part B: EU good practices in the area of women and the economy) was aimed at providing a collection of good practices in connection with objective F1 of the area of women and the economy, with a focus on women's entrepreneurship. The specific aims of Part B were the following: 1. carry out a review of a national and European annotated bibliography in connection with objective F1 of the area on women and the economy, with a focus on women's entrepreneurship; 2. design a methodology guiding the development of the criteria for assessing good practices in the area of female entrepreneurship, with a focus on networking, gender training and funding; 3. provide a collection of practices with potential from which to identify good practices through a consultation process. This report summarises the main results achieved by the study's Part B, providing information on: 1. the EU context and policy framework on entrepreneurship (and self-employment); 2. the methodological approach to identify and assess good practices in the area of women's entrepreneurship; 3. the main results achieved.