K4D Helpdesk Report 058

Gender Norms in the Western Balkans

Published on 17 March 2017

The Western Balkans remains a region dominated by patriarchal gender norms. The biggest challenge for improving gender equality is changing the mentality of women and men towards traditional gender roles.

This report provides a brief summary of the main gender issues in the region, as reported in the literature. It is not a comprehensive literature review, but a collection of resources which highlight the key points to consider on gender. Each country has a large selection of resources on its specific gendered issues, which can provide more detail. There is a companion piece to this report which focuses on the relationship between gender and conflict in the Western Balkans. This report sketches the main parameters of gender in the region.

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Browne, E. (2017). Gender in the Western Balkans. K4D Helpdesk Report. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.

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Browne, Evie


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