Informal care and gender equality in the Western Balkans


Introductory input

Cassandra Simmons, European Centre (Austria)


Brief reflections



Magdi Birtha, European Centre (Austria)


The 4th BBinar discussed progress and challenges of developing accessible, affordable, and high-quality care for older adults as one way to improve gender equality in the Western Balkans. Informal care remains an important component of long-term care systems for older adults across most Western Balkan countries. The lack of alternative care services has meant that the responsibility for providing care for older adults falls on the family, and more often, women. In turn, this has led to women remaining out of the labour market to provide care for their older family members, leading to a larger gender gap in employment. This BBinar presented a snapshot of the care situation as well as of the associated gender inequality in some Western Balkan countries, and discussed solutions and challenges.

Please find the presentations below:

1. Introductory input: Cassandra Simmons, European Centre (Austria)

2. Brief reflection: Mirela Arqimandriti, Gender Alliance for Development Center (Albania)

3. Brief reflection: Svetlana Atanasova, Eurocarers (Belgium)




Online (via Zoom)