Just 10 percent of women in the work place are self employed, according to a survey conducted by the Israel Small and Medium Enterprises Authority as it prepares to present the misrepresentation for discussion during the Knesset small businesses seminar.
The survey questioned 700 women between ages 25 and 50, of which 57% said they were interested in taking steps towards opening a business of their own by getting a loan.
The biggest interest expressed by the women in the survey was shown in consulting services, training and businesses dedicated to creating contact with potential clients.
The authority noted that the high interest in becoming self-employed was spread across all sectors, including women from the Arab, secular and haredi communities and those with children under age 12.
Still, the survey showed that the main obstacles faced by women to opening their own businesses related to marriage and children. Some 83% of women who never worked before cited responsibilities to the family as the their main obstacle to opening up shop, while 36% who had worked in the past gave the same reason.
The Knesset Committee for the Status of Women will discuss fulfilling the potential of women entrepreneurs during the Knesset seminar on small- and medium-sized businesses today.