• Empowering women in the labour market in the context of COVID-19

    What does EU membership bring?

    To support the participation of women in the labour market and the wider acceptance of family-related leave and flexible working arrangements, the EU adopted the Work-Life Balance Directive exactly one year ago. The envisaged measures aim to result not only in improving work-life balance but also in contributing to an increase in women’s employment and families’ economic stability. Achieving these objectives has become more difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic, however, as this crisis has led to new phenomena, like widespread work from home and expanding expectations for women.

    What has this crisis taught us in this respect? How far along are the policies addressing the under-representation of women in the labour market in Serbia? How does Serbia compare to the EU in this respect? What changes would EU membership bring to work-life balance in Serbia?


    • Brankica Janković, former Commissioner for Protection of Equality of the Republic of Serbia
    • Katarina Ivanković Knežević, Director, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion (DG EMPL)
    • Jelena Žarković, Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade
    • Valentina Čolić Mihajlović, Chief of research and development, All for All Association (AFA)

    Moderator: Sena Marić, Programme Manager and Senior Researcher, European Policy Centre – CEP. * The language of the event will be Serbian and Croatian. The event will occur on the Zoom platform. To attend the event, please register here. Only registered participants will receive a link for the event! The event will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube, and participants will have the opportunity to leave questions and comments on Facebook, YouTube, and Zoom.

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