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Aug 13

Time to Unleash Potential of Women Entrepreneurs.

Pamela Jeffrey (centre), founder of the Women’s Executive Network, with some of the recent award-winners in the Ireland’s Most Powerful Women awards announced last month by the network and HSBC Ireland. “As a nation, we need to change our attitude towards women in business and take radical steps to encourage and support start-ups. We need to break down the barriers to success.” Photograph: Alan BetsonShortage of start-ups led by women is national problem affecting economic growth.

Ireland is acknowledged as a world leader in attracting foreign direct investment. No country can match what we have achieved over many decades. Some 150,000 people are employed by multinationals and the sector rightly commands significant attention in political debate.

By contrast we give far less prominence to the role of our own entrepreneurs in the economy despite the enormous potential for risk-takers with new ideas to boost Ireland’s recovery.

In the United States those who establish their own business are praised by presidential candidates. In Ireland we need to capture a similar spirit of valuing business start-ups. Multinationals will undoubtedly continue to play a very significant role in our economic life but it is my belief that now is the time to unleash the potential of entrepreneurs and, in particular, women entrepreneurs if our country is to prosper again.

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May 13

More Women Executives and Entrepreneurs Required To Boost EU Economic Growth.

Kathleen LynchThe second day of the Gender Equality conference in Dublin Castle, hosted by the Irish Presidency and led by Gender Equality Minister Kathleen Lynch TD, focuses on advancing women in senior corporate positions and encouraging their increased participation in entrepreneurship. Despite their growing presence in the labour force in the EU, and in Ireland, women are still seriously under-represented in economic decision-making positions, especially in senior management functions and corporate boards. Access to executive positions within the board room frequently requires access to the most senior positions within the company. If women are not encouraged to advance into more senior positions within their place of employment, then the balance of decision-making within that company is unlikely to shift.

Equality in decision-making is a priority area for the European Commission’s Strategy for Equality between Women and Men 2010-2015, in which the Commission reaffirmed its commitment to increase gender balance in decision-making positions. (The FINANCIAL)

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