The Contract Law Enforcement (CLE) Program presented a report onGender Equality in Commerce, on Jun. 3 in Prishtina, offering an example of how the United State Agency for International Development’s (USAID) gender policies and strategies translate into “real world” actions. The report surveyed public perceptions about the barriers women face in economic and legal environments.
In Kosovo, statistics show that the rate of unemployment among women is 40%; women make up only 0.3% of top managers in private companies; women own only 11% of small businesses; and just 8% of land owners are women. Constraints to women’s active participation in the economy include insufficient enforcement of anti-discrimination laws and policies, as well as socially entrenched gender stereotypes.
This report will assist the CLE Program, among other USAID programs, in developing future activities with a better understanding of how to address real and perceived gender gaps in economic participation