According to the Global Gender Gap Report compiled by the World Economic Forum, Serbia ranks 40th out of 144 countries in terms of gender equality, which is eight places higher than last year – said Serbian Deputy PM and Chairwoman of the Coordination Body for Gender Equality, Zorana Mihajlovic.
She underlined that Serbia had improved its score in segments like healthcare, education and political empowerment of women, while it had the same ranking as last year’s in terms of women’s economic participation.
“Today, in terms of gender equality, Serbia has the best ranking in entire region. Croatia is behind us, in the 54th place, Bosnia and Herzegovina is 66th, Macedonia is 67th and Montenegro 77th. Relative to 2012, when we were ranked 50th, we jumped ten places”, Mihajlovic added.
Mihajlovic also said that, in the past period, Serbian government had been implementing gender-responsible budgeting and that Serbia was the only country, outside the EU, that had the gender equality index.
“In the last three years, i.e. since the establishment of the Coordination Body, we have done a lot on improving the position of women in Serbia. We are improving relevant institutions, passing laws and strategies, boosting cooperation with civil society organizations, and launching or supporting campaigns for women’s well being”, Mihajlovic said.
The report’s Gender Gap Index ranks countries according to calculated gender gap between women and men in four key areas: health, education, economy and politics. The report measures women’s disadvantage compared to men, and is not strictly a measure of equality. It was first published in 2006 by the World Economic Forum and it covers 144 major and emerging economies.
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