Breaking Barriers, a flagship report

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Breaking Barriers: Female Entrepreneurs Who Cross Over to Male-Dominated Sectors, a report made  under the guidance of the World Bank’s Gender Group. It examines sectoral choice as a factor contributing to the gender gap in firm performance, focusing on female entrepreneurs in both male-dominated and traditionally female-concentrated sectors. The study analyzes the differences in profits between these two groups and identifies factors associated with female entrepreneurs crossing over into male-dominated sectors.

Conducted in ten countries across three regions, the report provides insights into the challenges and opportunities for women entering more profitable sectors. It concludes with evidence-based programs and policies aimed at supporting women in diversifying into sectors traditionally dominated by men, ultimately enhancing their overall business performance.

The full report can be downloaded from the World Bank website>>