The family tendency of discouraging women to do business has been decreased remarkably as the participation of them in economic activities increased in the country.
The finding came out from a research titled "Women Entrepreneurs in SMEs: Bangladesh Perspective 2017".
The finding was revealed at a programme held in the capital today.
In 2009, 42 percent women were discouraged by their family to involve in business. However, the number dropped to only 4 percent in 2017, according to the report.
Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies conducted the study on behalf of the SME Foundation collecting data of 1,510 women entrepreneurs across the country.
Presenting the keynote paper on the occasion, Senior Research Fellow of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies Nazneen Ahmed said women entrepreneurs are now making their own decision which is positive.
The participation of women in the software business is also increasing, she added.
Industries minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun was present as the chief guest at the programme with SME Foundation Chairperson KM Habib Ullah in the chair.