Bosnia and Herzegovina is a traditional society in which women struggle for a better position every day. Regular stereotypes about the role of women in society, lower wages and longer periods of unemployment are just some of the problems faced by women in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The process of introducing gender equality in all areas of social life in Bosnia and Herzegovina requires, above all, action in terms of changing awareness and increasing knowledge about the causes and consequences of discrimination based on gender. Therefore, this is a very lengthy process that largely depends on numerous social circumstances and impacts at global, regional and local levels, and requires a thorough restructuring and reform of institutional policies.
The examples of gender inequality are first most noticeable when it comes to women’s participation in public and political life. Second, women’s position on the labor market is characterized by multiple burdens of women in the domain of market economy, and increased violence against women, including domestic violence.
In the last ten years, significant efforts have been made in Bosnia and Herzegovina to develop a domestic legal, institutional, and policy framework for the application of the principles of gender equality, which are largely in line with international standards. However, gender equality is still not treated as a priority of developmental and other strategies and is still considered as a matter that concerns only women.