Encouraging gender equality and labour market participation of single mothers in Serbia


The project Encouraging gender equality and labour market participation of single mothers in Serbia is implemented by the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation in partnership with Centre for Dignified Work.

In view of the fact that there is a low employment rate among single mothers in Serbia and that significant number of families where one parent takes care of children is living below the poverty line, the project aims to contribute to standards setting in single parents’ socio-economic and working rights, and create enabling environment for increased work opportunities and labour participation of single parents.


The specific objectives of the project are:

1. To conduct holistic research on roots of low employability among single parents and disseminate it to relevant actors at national/municipal level

2. To gather representatives of relevant stakeholders to develop policy documents on contemporary concepts and single parents labour participation

 3. To advocate among policymakers for development of effective policies, regulations and practices that would take into account challenges faced by single parent families

4. To educate and raise awareness of the selected advisors of the National Employment Service and Centres for Social Work on single parents’ work related challenges and gender discrimination

5. To build capacities of selected CSOs to conduct local employability-related advocacy initiatives

6. To raise awareness among corporate sector and business community on parent-friendly labour environment

The project will last from November 2017 to May 2019 and will be implemented on the territory of Serbia, with the financial support of the European Union as part of the European instrument for democracy and human rights (EIDHR).