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Young Women Turning To Entrepreneurship Amid Violent Conflict

Young Women Turning To Entrepreneurship Amid Violent Conflict


Young women are pioneering the start-up/social entrepreneurship scene all over the middle east, often in areas in or recovering from violent conflict. Their unique position affords opportunities for economic recovery and social reconciliation.

In The News:

Women are leading the rapid growth of social entrepreneurship in the middle east, often in areas in, or recovering from, violent conflict. Cooperation amongst entrepreneurs is creating unique opportunities for economic growth, community building, and reconciliation.

Young women are exploring new value chains and expanding market niches. In fact, according to the Women’s Entrepreneurship Report, women entrepreneurs in MENA are 60% more likely than their male counterparts to offer innovative solutions, and about 30% have international reach – again, exceeding male-led enterprises.

Support From Peace Science:

  • By participating in business development programs, micro-entrepreneurs broadened their market base and increased profits by developing relationships among themselves and with other business actors, government authorities, and customers in other parts of the country.
  • Business linkage activities among micro-entrepreneurs may have two effects on peacebuilding:
    • They improve overall economic conditions in conflict-affected areas, thereby “mitigating the causes of conflict.”
    • They create relationships/networks across ethnic lines, thereby contributing to social reconciliation.



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