Young Scientists

Scientist and entrepreneur - 16. Faten Hamdi: measures to promote women's entrepreneurship

There are more and more programmes to support women's entrepreneurship.

"Africa is a rather special continent. Formerly, we were more like receptors, that is, we brought technology from abroad. African societies have changed a lot and having diaspora with technology, like Mamadou, who has ideas to apply it to the African reality is good. And that makes African children work unique.

On the issue of "women": female entrepreneurship is more and more supported in Africa and elsewhere. African women have a very important role to play because, in fact, they have the first role in the family, and they will make a difference. It is good that they are supported.

You asked me about the perception of women in Tunisia. To be honest, I didn't feel a difference as a woman. On the contrary, I was supported because there were entrepreneurship programs specifically for women. Whether by UNIDO or by other agencies, which is good.

What really encouraged me to come back home: I already had a project. I was supported by my PhD director and by the support programme in France. And in Tunisia, it has been the same, despite the difficulties: I knew there would be administrative and financial constraints. I had the support of my family and the Tunisian situation at that time was quite favourable to the launch of innovative projects."

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