Title

Gender Policies: An Analysis of the Efforts by the Western Balkans to Reduce the Gender Pay Gap

Presenter Information

Fortuna Sahiti

Start Date

4-12-2019 3:15 PM

End Date

4-12-2019 3:30 PM

Description

The issue of the gender pay gap in the Western Balkans is certainty not 'simple' socio-political issue. This is particularly true as we are dealing with post conflict states that still suffer the consequences from the previous regimes and the enormous harm experienced after the fall of the former Yugoslavia. By analysing the historical development of the female emancipation in the Western Balkans, we look at the key factors that have caused the imbalance of income and we explore the reasons this problem that the Western Balkans continue facing today. In order to do so, this paper sheds light on the current legislation in the Western Balkans regarding the status of women in the field of income and pay gap, what measures the states of the former Yugoslavia have taken towards decreasing the gap and finally, whether or not those efforts have been successful. The paper also provides recommendations on what could be done to reduce the discrimination in income that women face in all the fields of the job market across the Western Balkans.

Chair

Helen Callaghan

Discussant

Per Andersson & Jens van’t Klooster

Session Type

Panel 4

Topic

Social and Welfare Politics

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Gender Policies: An Analysis of the Efforts by the Western Balkans to Reduce the Gender Pay Gap

The issue of the gender pay gap in the Western Balkans is certainty not 'simple' socio-political issue. This is particularly true as we are dealing with post conflict states that still suffer the consequences from the previous regimes and the enormous harm experienced after the fall of the former Yugoslavia. By analysing the historical development of the female emancipation in the Western Balkans, we look at the key factors that have caused the imbalance of income and we explore the reasons this problem that the Western Balkans continue facing today. In order to do so, this paper sheds light on the current legislation in the Western Balkans regarding the status of women in the field of income and pay gap, what measures the states of the former Yugoslavia have taken towards decreasing the gap and finally, whether or not those efforts have been successful. The paper also provides recommendations on what could be done to reduce the discrimination in income that women face in all the fields of the job market across the Western Balkans.