JED, Vol. 21, Special Issue, 2019, pp. 168-174
Barriers to Woman Entrepreneurship in Vietnam
Abstract:Women entrepreneurs can contribute significantly to economic development in Vietnam. But
women face unique challenges in self-employment. These challenges have not been adequately
studied. The objective of this study was to identify barriers to women entrepreneurship in Vietnam
and propose recommendations to enhance this endeavor in the country. A survey that included
nearly 200 women-owned businesses was conducted. This study found that women entrepreneurs
are running businesses well. They are currently facing barriers, such as obtaining finance,
work-home conflicts, lack of education and training in business and management skills. They
furthermore indicated as their main support need the need for financial support, for business
training and advice, and a need to network with other business owners and for marketing support.
Practical recommendations are suggested for Government and women entrepreneurs to overcome
these obstacles and to ensure that women entrepreneurs can sufficiently contribute to the economy
and empower themselves economically.
Keywords:Barriers of infrastructure; barriers of role; behavioral barriers; educational and training barriers; legal barriers; professional barriers; social and cultural barriers