For more than a decade, the States of the former Yugoslavia
have been facing the dual challenge of progress towards a market
economy and the consolidation of democracy. A gender policy and
legislative framework have been introduced but equality is still
far from being a reality. Application remains problematic: the lack
of effective control over the implementation of laws and the lack
of real financial and technical resources means that the application
of new laws, which often comply with European standards, remains
slow and inconsistent.
Measures need to be taken to improve the implementation of
laws and policies, as well as to raise the awareness of all economic
and social actors of the need to empower women to achieve their
full potential in political, economic and social participation in
overall development at national as well as regional level.