One Billion Rising in Podgorica, Montenegro | Photo: Dusko Miljanic
Podgorica, Montenegro - 8 March 2017
Today, on the International Women’s Day, the UN System in Montenegro calls for better working conditions for women, as an important condition for gender equality. We in the UN family in Montenegro, have no doubt that gender equality is possible only if all women have equal chances to reach their full potential in employment.
In Montenegro, young women have better education than young men – 30% vs. 17% when it comes to college education, according to the latest ILO survey. But still, men are better paid for the same job than women.
“Work for men and women in Montenegro is very different” said Fiona McCluney Resident Coordinator of the UN System. Quoting a UNDP’s survey from 2012, she noted that “women in Montenegro, on average work 3.5 hours longer than men every day considering their caring roles in the family. Less than 10% of businesses are owned by women, and overall women earn nearly 20 percent less than men,”
The UN Family in Montenegro calls on us all to address setbacks women face in employment including: the gap in pay between men and women; the heavy load of women’s unpaid care and domestic work; as well as smaller numbers of women leaders and entrepreneurs or successful business owners. To create sustainable and inclusive growth, employment policies should ensure availability of child-care and other family services and facilities that assist female workers in meeting their employment and family responsibilities. Moreover, women in the informal economy must not be forgotten.
In 2015, world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, placing gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Achievement of the goals, including ending poverty, promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, reducing inequalities, and achieving gender equality, rests upon unlocking the full potential of women in the world of work.
On the International Women's Day, the UN System in Montenegro appeals for equal opportunities for women in the labor market and calls for pursuing solutions to reduce the burden of women's double work - in paid employment and unpaid at home.