Product/service offer: Gender equality

Presentation | 18 May 2022

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The challenge

The gender employment gap in Southeast Europe (Western Balkans and Moldova) is much higher than in the EU (26 vs 11%). The women employment rate in the region stands at 52 per cent, compared to 66.8 per cent in the EU countries, while the employment rate of men stands at 78 per cent in both regions. Horizontal segregation persists meaning that the workforce of specific industries are mostly made up of one particular gender. Women also represent most of the unpaid family workers. The limited availability of childcare and long-term care services are another reason for low female employment. Violence and harassment in the workplace is hidden and under-reported. Root causes include the normalisation and justification of gender-based violence, lack of knowledge about the legal frameworks, and limited trust in and capacity of the public institutions.

Service offer 

  • Run awareness-raising and behavioural change campaigns to break gender stereotypes, combat discrimination and prevent violence and harassment in the workplace. Read more 
  • Customised technical solutions for designing and implementing work-life balance and care policies.
  • Production and analysis of data on minimum wages and the gender pay gap to support evidence-based policymaking.
  • Tailor-made workplace policies to promote work-life balance and pay equity and prevent violence and harassment at the enterprise level.
Contact: Maria José Chamorro, Formalization and Gender Equality Specialist through