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"Women & Business" is an annual publication of International Forum of Women and Warsaw School of Economics, Collegium of the World Economy in polish and in english.

2016 I strThis issue of “Women and Business” presents results of research conducted as part of an international scientific research platform Winnet Center of Excellence (WCEX). The platform was created at the University of Szczecin as a result of the Thematic Winnet BSR project: Women, innovation and sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region, implemented between 2013 and 2016 by partners from
Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Sweden, cofinanced by the Swedish Institute in Stockholm.

The issue opens with an article by Dorota Witkowska, Aleksandra Matuszewska-Janica and Krzysztof Kompa Selected aspects of professional activity of women in the tourism and ICT industries in the Baltic Sea Region countries. The authors point out that despite a steady increase in the level of professional activity of women, gender-based employment segregation is still noticeable. The tourism sector is highly feminised (except for Denmark and Sweden), while the ICT sector is highly masculinised.
Another article Innovativeness of women-owned businesses in the sectors of tourism and creative industries/services in the Baltic Sea countries by Ewa Lisowska and Ewa Rumińska-Zimny discusses results of a pilot study among women-owned businesses in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Sweden. Businesses from the sector of creative industries implemented more innovations than those from the tourism sector. Although it was a pioneer study, according to the authors, the achieved results are to be treated as a contribution to further research, among other things, due to an insignificant number of the companies studied (102).
An article by Anna Turczak and Patrycja Zwiech Main sources of income of women and men in Poland addresses the issue of main sources of income in the context of professional activity and social security benefits. The authors prove on the basis of Central Statistical Office (GUS) data that gender in a significant manner, and more importantly – increasingly determines the main source of income.
On the other hand, Alina Szepelska in her article Financings sources for business activities run by women from rural areas, as exemplified by the Podlaskie Voivodeship points out among other things that women make very little use of the external financial resources. This is not only associated with refusals to bank credits due to lack of creditworthiness but also, as individual interviews with women have shown, with difficulties encountered in the process of credit application procedure.

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Contents of “Women and Business” 2016:

  • Selected aspects of professional activity of women in the tourism and ICT industries in the Baltic Sea Region countries (Dorota Witkowska, Aleksandra Matuszewska-Janica, Krzysztof Kompa)
  • Innovativeness of women-owned businesses in the sectors of tourism
    and creative industries/services in the Baltic Sea countries (Ewa Lisowska, Ewa Rumińska-Zimny)
  • Main sources of income of women and men in Poland (Anna Turczak, Patrycja Zwiech)
  • Financing sources for business activities run by women from rural areas, as exemplified by the Podlaskie Voivodeship (Alina Szepelska)

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