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Making the transition work for women in Europe and Central Asia, Volume 1
Author:Lazreg, Marnia [editor]; Country:Ukraine; Poland; Europe and Central Asia; Russian Federation;
Date Stored:2002/09/19Document Date:1999/12/31
Document Type:PublicationSubTopics:Primary Education; Population & Development; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems; Anthropology
ISBN:ISBN 0-8213-4662-8Language:English
Major Sector:(Historic)Social ProtectionRegion:Europe and Central Asia
Report Number:WDP411Sub Sectors:(Historic)Other social protection
Collection Title:World Bank discussion paper ; no. WDP 411. Europe and Central Asia gender and development seriesVolume No:1

Summary: This report presents selected papers from the proceedings of the World Bank conference "Making the Transition Work for Women in Europe and Central Asia," held on June 7-8, 1999 in Washington D.C. The papers cover law, employment, pension reforms, reproductive health, and violence. These conference papers reinforce the findings of the UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) report but also provide insight into the unique conditions prevailing in individual countries. A consensus emerged during the proceedings that the transition is taking place without the input of women, whos are consequently suffering from the change. Cumulatively, they paint a picture that reveals a number of trends: a) Despite their cultural and historical differences, the countries of the region are facing similar problems as a result of the transition they are each going through. It is unclear if this is because of the collapse of the common socialist system that they are shared, because of their use of the same market economy model, or both. b) In all countries, women are facing new barriers to entry into the labor market. They are also facing widespread sexual harassment and violence. c) In all countries, a revival of traditional gender roles has taken place, affecting women in all spheres of life but especially in their participation in politics.

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