Researching labour market inequalities for the Regional Human Development Report, I can see clearly that gender inequality is alive and well in the Western Balkans. Although some countries show promising hints of improvement, the unfavorable economic background of the last decade has prevented women from advancing on a number of different fronts.
Posts Categorized: Gender equality
I was recently in Tbilisi to participate in a conference that took stock of what we know about the challenges of job creation in the South Caucasus and Western CIS. While researching gender inequalities in labour markets of these countries, I searched for evidence on how the challenge of job creation can be overcome without perpetuating gender inequalities… Read more »
It was an over a year ago when a piece of the London sky was transformed into a stage. I was immersed in the beauty of the aerial performance of Voalá art group. Moving just above our heads, they transported the audience to a different world. Why do I mention this performance here? How is… Read more »
The decorations in the room look very familiar to me. I recognize the scene from one of my favourite sitcoms on TV channel 10. It resembles a ‘battlefield’, where, according to the script, women are trying to raise their voices and stand up for themselves. Sometimes they win, sometimes they lose.
As I wrote about recently, I went off to the Zagreb Inequalities Workshop in search of answers to some fundamental questions about how inequalities can be better measured. While my quest is not yet fully satisfied, I did come away from with new perspectives on gender equality issues—both in Southeast Europe and the broader broader region.
High quality early childhood care and preschool education is a profitable investment, shaping the minds of children to become productive citizens in the future. In Turkey, however, the enrollment rate in preschools and other educational childcare programmes remains far behind the OECD average. To catch up, more than 3 million children will need to enroll…. Read more »
In Namangan in Uzbekistan, a long-standing dream for a crafts centre came true. In Misi village in Turkey, a silk unit for niche products, another dream child of a group of women, is having a fourth year of success, against all odds. In Jilkul village in Tajikistan, another group of women have gained more income… Read more »
I have been researching conflict-related sexual violence for a few years now. Having written a bachelor’s thesis on how rape was used as a weapon of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the early 90’s, I am now looking at prevention methods, with Bosnia and Herzegovina again as my case study, for my master’s thesis…. Read more »
This month marked the 16th year anniversary of the conflict in Kosovo, but the silence on the sexual violence that took place has yet to be broken. The topic itself is still a social taboo. Rape is treated as though it were a death sentence and those who have experienced sexual violence are often shunned… Read more »
I was recently invited to Turkey to give a lecture about women police officers in South East Europe. The lecture was to be delivered during a workshop organized for young Afghan women studying at a police officer training programme at the Police Academy in Sivas. As I watched the hall fill up with young female… Read more »