6 Promote gender equality and empower women

Where we are?

This goal has been met to a moderate extent. Labor market indicators show decreasing the gap in labour market position of men and women.  Gender disparities have been significantly lowered in employment, unemployment and salaries. However, this was mostly the consequence of negative effects of economic crisis. As crisis had stronger impacts on industrial sector with higher male employment, they were more faced with the increase of unemployment. Due to the high share of employment in public sector, women were comparatively more protected during crisis, but it is expected that austerity measures, which will be introduced more firmly will have negative impact on their employment. Decrease of employment in private sector contributed to the narrowing the pay gap, since this gap was traditionally low in the public sector. A lot was achieved in political representation of women and their participation in power – there is more women in the government and National Assembly.  It should be stressed, though, that political presentation at local level still suffers from high gender inequality. Concerning the most striking form of gender inequality and that is family violence, it could be said that situation has improved in efficiency. Although the number of criminal charges has dropped, the share of convictions in the case of charges being made has increased. Now that women are being more present in public positions this visibility should be used to eradicate family violence and to improve position of women on labor market. 

UNDP's work in Serbia

  • Only 10% of women exposed to violence decided to report it

    Combating violence against women

    The total prevalence rate in Central Serbia in domestic violence is 54.2%. The most common form of violence is violence against women (VAW) in family. Inmore

Targets for MDG3
  1. Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015
    • Ratios of girls to boys in primary, secondary and tertiary education
    • Share of women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector
    • Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament