By Padraig O'Hannelly.
Although accounting for half the population, women in Libya remain underrepresented in business life.
Organisations such as the Voice of Libyan Women, the British Council, and Libya Enterprise, among others, have run programmes specifically aimed at helping women to start and develop their own businesses. Yet, despite these initiatives, women-owned and women-run enterprises are still very much the exception.
To add to the problem, the Voice of Libyan Women says that where women-owned businesses exist, they are rarely given the opportunity to do business with the local or federal governments.
Two years after the revolution, have the opportunities and climate for businsesswomen improved or deteriorated? Have the various schemes been useful, and what more can be done to facilitate new female entrepreneurs?
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