Document Type: Original Article

Authors

1 Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, College of Agriculture, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran.

2 Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, College of Agriculture, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, College of Agriculture, Bu-Ali Sina University,

Abstract

Given the importance of women's participation and taking advantage of their ability, it is essential that a systematic and strategic plan should be organized in this area. Undoubtedly, planning for the development of the specific associations of rural women can be an effective step to increase their participation in various scenes, and it can also help improve the status and rights of women. The main objective of this study was to explore factors affecting the development and strengthening of rural women’s enterprises. A mixed method was used in this study. Data gathering tools were both semi-structured interviews and questionnaires. Target samples were both 25 rural development experts and 92 rural women in the Hamadan County. The results showed that the following items are essential for the development and strengthening rural women’s enterprises: applying legal and financial support; family support; management support, and education and cultural support. In addition, the following strategies are required: culture building; women's empowerment programs, continued implementation of consulting and training programs, and encouraging the introduction of the women's enterprises. The results of factor analysis showed that economic, sociocultural, and education and extension factors can determine approximately 60 percent of factors affecting the development and strengthening of rural women’s enterprises.

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Highlights

Planning for developing the specific associations of rural women can be an effective step to increase their participation in various scenes and it can improve the status and rights of women.

Applying legal and financial support; family support; management support, and education and cultural support.

Factor analysis showed that economic, social – cultural, and education and extension factors can determine approximately 60 percent of factors affecting the development and strengthening rural women enterprises.

 

 

 

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