Roma women on the labour market

The employment of socially vulnerable and excluded citizens still represent serious challenges in The Republic of North Macedonia. Unemployed people, especially the vulnerable, face difficulties when looking for job. The situation of Roma people, especially Roma women as long-term unemployed remain one of the most worrying factors which prevents their full inclusion in society.

While there are improvements in employment and inclusion rates of Roma, the unemployment rate is still high and almost twice as higher compared to the national average. During employment, they face institutional discrimination and unequal treatment, as well as discrimination by the employers and clients on ethnic grounds. Also, Roma faces a series of challenges including a low level of education and limited employment opportunities, institutional shortcomings, discrimination on ethnic grounds from clients and employers, culturological challenges – traditional norms and values of Roma community, lack of information, and access to information about opportunities.

The article is taken from EuropeaCommision