Accepted paper:

The Cost of Economic Crisis in Croatia: Its Impact on Women

Authors:

Ana Radović Kapor (LIU/University of Zadar )

Paper short abstract:

This paper summarizes recent evidence from the economic crisis that show the effect it had on women in Croatia. It identifies the impact of the economic crisis on women in comparison to men, and examines how the economic crisis affected the emancipatory potential of women in Croatia.

Paper long abstract:

The disastrous financial crisis, which swept a big portion of the globe from 2008 to 2015, had a multidimensional impact. The frequently addressed consequences are the economic ones, while not much attention was given to its social aspect, namely the effect the crisis had on women. This article summarizes recent evidence from the economic crisis that show the effect it had on women in Croatia. Ten years on, the impact of the global crisis is still being felt in this newest member-state of the EU in terms of gender issues. The ratification of the Istanbul Convention - an upgraded, more detailed successor of CEDAW - caused a major social and political upheaval. This research has two main aims. The first is to identify the impact of the global economic crisis on women in comparison to men, especially its effects on unemployment, poverty, and political representation from 2008 until 2015. The second is to examine how the economic crisis affected the emancipatory potential of women in Croatia.

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