In Colombia, as in Quebec, it has been proven that women in entrepreneurship face inequalities. In 2019, women represented 37% of the self-employed in Canada but only 15.6% of the majority owners of SMEs (WEKH, 2020). This project aims to provide women entrepreneurs in Colombia and Quebec with a needs assessment and capacity building program to support them in developing their businesses. This project aims to counteract existing issues related to discrimination and structural gender inequalities that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 health crisis. Women entrepreneurs will benefit from workshops to identify the gender discrimination they face and thus develop the skills and competencies necessary to deconstruct it and create bridges of exchange and commerce between Quebec and Colombia. In addition, with the support of Quebec and Colombian students, we will develop a complementary research project to identify, analyze and understand the realities of women entrepreneurs in these two regions. This project will conclude with the drafting of a policy paper and the development of both an awareness-raising campaign and a closing event that will enable the dissemination of research and capacity-building programs' results.
The Solidarité au féminin: Entrepreneuriat au Québec et en Colombie project is a first-time collaboration between CEED Concordia, a Concordia University-based non-profit organization operating in Montreal, Canada and Gulu, Uganda, and Nuestro Flow, a Montreal-born social enterprise operating in Bogota, Colombia. Both organizations share a dedication to promoting social justice, equality and diversity among diverse groups of youth and public and private entities across different continents.
What are the benefits of this internship?
Involvement in a project that contributes to reducing inequalities and discrimination faced by women entrepreneurs.
Apply academic knowledge into practice in a stimulating work and research environment.
Possibility of receiving a stipend and 3 university credits.
Gain experience in remote international cooperation projects.