Equality and discrimination

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    Throughout Central and Eastern Europe, unemployment is more often a problem of women than for men, including long term unemployment. Unemployed women are also exposed to a greater risk of remaining unemployed for a longer time. In addition, women in most of these countries are affected to a great extent by hidden unemployment and work in the growing informal economy.

    Gender segregation in employment still prevails in most Central and Eastern European countries. In the labour market, low-paid occupations in health and education, public sector and services are as a rule female dominated. Women are very often paid less for work of equal value.

What's new

  1. Views of workers, employers and government on the situation of women at work

    07 March 2014

    To mark the International Women’s Day in 2014, the ILO Budapest Office started to collect views of its Central and Eastern European members on progress achieved and challenges ahead for women at work in the region.

  2. Women entrepreneurs need further support in Montenegro

    12 November 2013

    The Montenegrin Employers Federation (MEF) published a report entitled Assessment of the environment for women entrepreneurship in Montenegro with the financial and technical assistance of the ILO. ILO Online asked Ms Zvezdana Oluic, Head of PR and Marketing Sector about the results of the survey.

  3. First cooperation between the ILO and UNFPA in Ukraine

    24 October 2012

    A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on the 8th of October 2012 to kick-start cooperation in the area of gender equality in the Ukrainian world of work.