Women and youth empowerment and social policy

Women empowerment

Statistics show that women are still at a disadvantage compared to men, and that significant gender disparities remain, particularly in the labor market. Specifically, studies have indicated that, although women and men enter the labor force in relatively proportionate numbers, somehow women “disappear” as they move towards more senior positions. The component Women in Economic Decision Making explores economic, legal, policy, social and psychological aspects of this problem, and uses evidence to advocate for equal opportunities.

Youth and other vulnerable groups

“Minorities in all regions of the world continue to face serious threats, discrimination and racism, and are frequently excluded from taking part fully in the economic, political, social and cultural life available to the majorities in the countries or societies where they live.” (Navanethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Statement on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2009).

“In order to design most effective interventions, foundational research must investigate the needs, everyday burdens and risks encountered by each respective minority. In order to capitalise on resources, we must also be aware of and work within the resilience mechanisms already estabilshed by them. EURAK research seeks to stimulate and inform evidence-based policy and programming for minorities and vulnerable groups in Serbia, including but not limited to women, young people, LGBTQ population, Roma people, refugees and internally displaced people, sex workers, people who use drugs, people living with HIV.”

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