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Deputy Protector of Citizens for Gender Equality, Ms. Jelena Stojanović, has estimated that one group of women, marginalized up to now for doing housework or agricultural work, would become visible for the system through valuing the work they do within the new Law on Gender Equality.

Through the new Law, the women housewives, women rearing children or looking after the sick family members, as well as those working in the fields have become visible for the system, as they would be able to exercise their right to health insurance for their work, Stojanović said.

“For the Protector of Citizens, the enactment of the new Law on Gender Equality is very important. Essential to us was the introduction of the notion of gender balance, as well as valuing the unpaid housework, which we suggested during the drafting of the Law as large number of women remain invisible for the system and economically discouraged”, Stojanović said.

Stojanović has stated that unpaid housework leaves long-term consequences on those women’s lives, particularly on exercising the rights from health insurance and subsequently pension insurance after the age of 45 when, according to complaints received by the Protector of Citizens, employers recognize them as a category which is not desirable and not productive enough, discriminating against them in the labor market.

“This law is ambitious but provides a comprehensive framework, involving private employers, public authorities and independent institutions in its implementation. I think that as a society we are prepared for this Law, because if we were not ready, we would not talk about it at all" said Stojanović at the conference "New Law on Gender Equality in the Context of Economic Empowerment of Women and Promotion of Labor Rights" organized by the Center for Democracy Foundation.