In September, I had a chance to go to London again – this time to attend an inspiring seminar on promoting women′s entrepreneurship, which was organized by the European Commission and the UK government (summary). In addition to lots of new ideas, I found new Twitter accounts to follow, as the government agencies involved in this seminar, as well as the entrepreneurs who made speeches seem to be quite active on Twitter. One regret that I had was that there was some essentialization of women (women-run business reportedly being more community-oriented and less profit-driven). This appears to be backed by data, but it is always good to explain how these trends come about.
All the papers have been published: here’s mine. You can post your comments here.
All in all, it was surprising to see a sudden burst of affirmative action initiatives in Lithuania – months after my team and I carried out an interim evaluation of the contribution of EU structural funds to gender equality and non-discrimination. Following that project, I also became an entrepreneur of sorts – I started working as an independent consultant. The seminar in London was my third project this year in this capacity.