One in three MSMEs is led by women in Argentina

One in three MSMEs is led by women in Argentina

The document was prepared by the Secretariat for Small and Medium Enterprises and Entrepreneurs together with the Production Study Centers and the Gender Cabinet of the Ministry of Productive Development.

One in three Argentine micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are led by women, according to the results of a survey carried out in 2020 that presented by the Ministry of Productive Development of the Nation.

The survey also reflected that women carry out younger ventures and companies; ylhe MSMEs led by women presented a higher percentage of participation among businessmen and women under 30 years of age (37.1%), than in the more advanced age groups.

The data comes from the document prepared by the Secretariat of Small and Medium Enterprises and Entrepreneurs (Sepyme) together with the Centers for Production Studies (CEPXXI) and the Gender Cabinet of the Ministry of Productive Development.

The work analyzed the behavior of 180 thousand MSMEs with women leadership in the country in 2020and allowed unpublished information to be known, given that traditional surveys do not reveal information about the gender of people who are shareholders of companies or who are members of the board of directors.

“We believe in productive policies with a gender focus so that there can be more equal opportunities, more inclusive growth and less inequity. More women producing implies a more egalitarian country”, highlighted the secretary of Sepyme, Guillermo Merediz, during the presentation of the document.

For its part, the coordinator of the Gender Cabinet of the productive portfolio, Paula Basaldúa, affirmed that these data “will allow us to continue advancing in a productive policy so that working women can increasingly access a better quality of work.”

One in three Argentine micro, small and medium-sized MSMEs are led by women, according to the results of a survey carried out in 2020
One in three Argentine micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are led by women, according to the results of a survey carried out in 2020

Also present during the presentation were the Secretary of Industry, Knowledge Economy and External Commercial Management, Ariel Schale, and the Undersecretary of SME Financing and Competitiveness, Laura Tuero, and the director of CEPXXI, Daniel Schteingart.

Some information from the report

The work presented reflects that the percentage of female participation in the management of firms it was 35.3% in the case of companies registered as legal persons (85,500 companies) and, in companies constituted as natural persons (94,700), 31.7%.

According to the report, women run younger businesses: the leadership of women was higher among enterprises and companies with less than seven years of existence (39% of those in this segment) and among young companies between 7 and 15 years old (37%), than among those with more than 15 years of existence (30%).

In addition, MSMEs led by women presented a higher percentage of participation among entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs under 30 years of age (37.1%), than in the most advanced age groups, where it decreases until it reaches the lowest proportion (26%) among those over 60 years of age.

Another characteristic of the presence of women in the management of MSMEs, the greatest participation occurred in traditionally feminized sectors such as education (73%), health (42%), real estate activities (40%), personal services (39%), hotels and restaurants (38%), commerce and entertainment services (37%).

What’s more, “Producing with Equity” was presented, the new line of the Secretariat of Small and Medium Enterprises and Entrepreneurs (SEPYME) that will allocate a total amount of $210 million to support SMEs and cooperatives that develop projects with a gender approach.



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