Refugee women business mentors: new evidence for women’s empowerment

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Street, C.P., Ng, P. and Al-Dajani, H. 2022. Refugee women business mentors: new evidence for women’s empowerment. Sustainability. 14 (15), p. 9154. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14159154
AuthorsStreet, C.P., Ng, P. and Al-Dajani, H.
AbstractWith over 27.1 million refugees displaced globally across national borders as a result of protracted crises, conflict, and danger, resettlement in host nations remains challenging. One approach for empowering refugee women in their host nations is to enhance their economic participation through entrepreneurship. We contribute to the growing research on refugee women’s entrepreneurship by focusing on refugee women entrepreneurs as mentors to other refugee women and exploring the impact of mentoring upon the empowerment of refugee women business mentors. The aim of the study is to explore the impact of being a mentor on the empowerment of refugee women entrepreneurs settled in the United Kingdom. As such, the research question asks to what extent does being a mentor influence the empowerment of refugee women entrepreneurs. The qualitative study involved six refugee women business mentors who co-designed and led an entrepreneurship training programme for refugee women in the United Kingdom and charted their empowerment journeys through four potential empowerment junctures within the mentoring process. First, the refugee woman as a mentee, then as a member of a mentoring group, thirdly as a facilitator in the mentoring process, and finally as a reflective agent. Our contribution to the women’s entrepreneurship discipline lies in our finding that refugee women’s engagement as mentors enhanced their empowerment in ways that their entrepreneurship alone cannot.
KeywordsRefugee women; Empowerment; Mentoring; Entrepreneurship
Year2022
JournalSustainability
Journal citation14 (15), p. 9154
PublisherMDPI
ISSN2071-1050
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/su14159154
Official URLhttps://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/14/15/9154
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