On the occasion of International Women’s Day – only 35.6 % of women employed in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
According to the Agency for Gender Equality of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 51.7 % of the total estimated number of working-age population in Bosnia and Herzegovina are women, but only 35.6 % were employed. This is the lowest percentage of women in South-Eastern Europe.
8th of March is celebrated in the world as International Women’s Day since the early 20th century. This was associated with a series of actions and protests organized by workers of the textile and other industries, fighting to improve working conditions, higher wages and a better status of women in general.
On the occasion of the 8th of March – International Women’s Day, Gender Equality Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina has organized Week of gender equality which was opened on 3 March 2014 with the Conference “Stereotypes and Gender Equality in Bosnia and Herzegovina ” in Sarajevo . During the conference, attendees were addressed among others by Samra Filipovic – Hadžiabdić director of the Agency for Gender Equality of BiH, Anne – Marie Esper Larsen, Head of the UN Women office in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Adisa Zahiragić representative of the Association of Women Judges in BiH and others.
There are still prevalent gender stereotypes of desirable occupations and professions present in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In connection with the above statistics, the focus was placed on gender equality results and problems in strengthening the role of women, prevention of all forms of discrimination based on gender, respect for civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of women in Bosnia and Herzegovina.