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Ivana Dobrotić: Childcare-related policies, gender and social inequalities: Serbia in a comparative perspective
24. February 14:00 - 16:00
Childcare-related policies, that is, well-paid parenting-related leaves and affordable and quality early childhood education and care services (ECEC), are a necessary precondition for both parents’ participation in the labour market and care and for children’s equal opportunities. Nevertheless, many parents and children do not have (adequate) access to these measures, and such an outcome is directly linked to leave and ECEC policy design. The lecture critically discusses childcare-related policies in Serbia, putting them in a comparative perspective and pointing out their lack of inclusiveness and gendered design, as well as a weak potential to transform gender and social inequalities in employment and care. The emphasis will be on the “rising invisible majority”, that is, parents who are less connected with the labour market due to labour market transformations (rising unemployment, precarization, wage stagnation) and are at an increased risk of (partial) “dropping out” from (formal) labour markets and social security systems. Therefore, they have also limited work-care balance opportunities, often accompanied by exposure to discriminatory practices in the labour market and financial hardship.
Ivana Dobrotić is Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford, running the project “Social and Gender Inequalities in Care: Childcare-Related Policies and Parenting Practices in the Post-Yugoslav Countries and the Role of Policy Ideas”. She is affiliated as an Associate Professor of Comparative Social Policy to the University of Zagreb. Her research interest includes comparative social policy, care, gender, and social inequalities. She is co-editor of the Annual Review of Leave Policies & Related Research. Her recent work was published in Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society, Social Policy & Administration; European Societies; Europe-Asia Studies; Southeast European & Black Sea Studies and International Journal of Sociology & Social Policy.