Activate Women - Increased capacities for labour market inclusion of disadvantaged women as Covid-19 response measure

The overall objective of the project is to promote the inclusion of women (aged 25-49) in the labour market. The project supports the Employment Agency of Montenegro (EAM) in piloting an innovative active labour market programme (ALMP), specifically designed to overcome gender-specific barriers in Montenegro.

The COVID-19 crisis has severely hit the Montenegrin economy, putting 36,000 at immediate risk with women being over-represented in these sectors. Even before the pandemic, women were already particularly disadvantaged on the labour market in Montenegro. The pandemic has exacerbated these vulnerabilities and eroded the bases on which women could potentially recover and reclaim their position in the economy and on the labour market. In Montenegro, the share of women who are inactive due to family and care responsibilities, but are willing to work, represents 37.5 per cent of all inactive women. The disadvantaged position of women in the labour market is a waste of resources, as women’s educational attainments have improved significantly.

The project aims to promote the participation of women in the labour market by supporting those with pre-school age children who were previously employed but who lost their job since mid-March 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis, and women with children in pre-school age who are willing to work, but are inactive since they do not have access to childcare services.

Activate Women will offer a combination of the following support measures:
  • Profiling of individual needs, employment counselling, career guidance, job search and job placement support, according to individual needs throughout the duration of the programme;
  • A monthly non-contributory unemployment allowance, payable for maximum six months as well as a lump sum contribution towards the costs of child-care (maximum for six months); and,
  • Subsidized on-the-job training to increase employability, provided for a period ranging from three to six months (according to the individual’s profile).