Women doing business

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When Huda Janahi first applied for a business license in Bahrain, she was turned down. Not because she didn't have the right paperwork, nor because she didn't go through the required procedures, but because a woman had never previously applied. Not to be deterred, Huda registered as a family owned business and got on with the business of making money. She later re-applied successfully in her own name. Now her business, Global Freight & Passenger Services is a multimillion dollar company.

Women's participation in the formal sector as well as business registration is contingent on a range of variables, many of which are outlined in the Doing Business report. The theme for Doing Business 2008 will be Opportunities for Women. It will consider ways in which ten indicators help or hinder women's participation in private sector activity across various economies.

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