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DEA – Digital Entrepreneurship Awakening: From new vulnerabilities to economic empowerment of women in Serbia


Female digital workers (FDWs) from Serbia, aged from 18 up to 55 , who work remotely via global digital labour platforms make new vulnerable group in the society. They are not only invisible to local policy makers and stakeholders, but also lack or have limited access to benefits stemming from the formal employment. The project aims at increasing the level of formal employment through promotion of entrepreneurship among female digital workers from Serbia in sectors which have added value but still are not recognized as such.

In this project ABW is partnering with the Public Policy Research Center (PPRC), a Belgrade-based independent think tank with a strong portfolio in empowering various vulnerable groups in the domains of employment and social inclusion.

Specific Results:

1. Vulnerabilities stemming from digital work, particularly affecting women empowerment established through research.

2. Up to 90 young female digital workers trained on benefits of formal employment status in three cities across Serbia (Belgrade, Novi Sad and Niš).

3. Up to 90 young female digital workers mentored on ways to register and run enterprise in three cities across Serbia (Belgrade, Novi Sad and Niš).

4. Policy gender responsive recommendations created and disseminated to stakeholder communities (policy makers, business, and workers).

5. Formal digital work sustainability promoted in the public with focus on empowering women at the labour market and as a career option among schoolgirls.

This project is supported by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) under the project “Support to Priority Actions for Gender Equality in Serbia”, funded by the European Union.