Country / Region profile of: Serbia

Violence against women, sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination and trafficking in women for the purpose of sexual exploitation remain major problems in Serbia. The 1990s war in the former Yugoslavia was marked by intense sexualised violence that ruined the lives of old women and young girls alike. Serbia is ranked 40 out of 144 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) for 2017 and it succeded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 2001. Serbia also ratified the Arms Trade treaty (ATT) on 5 December 2014. In 2017, $731 mln were spent by Serbia on its military; subsequently, the funds for the implementation of activities identified by the National Action Plan (NAP) to implement UNSCR 1325 are provided by the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia. Besides, the NAP may be co-financed and implemented in cooperation with the UNIFEM, OSCE Mission to Serbia, the European Union or other national and international partners. In addition to a number of women's anti-war groups, women's rights organisations in Serbia work hard to rehabilitate and provide justice for conflict-affected women, while highlighting other issues such as violence against women. 

"To achieve substantive influence on decision making a minimum of 30 percent women in politics is necessary. But solely the numerical strength in parliament does not guarantee achieving an impact." - Maja Bjelos


$ 731,000,000
Military expenditure
Serbia spends USD$731,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Support human trafficking victims
This amount could pay for safe accommodation and legal representation for all human trafficking victims in the country... with plenty left over to allocate as a budget for the country's next National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325.
NAP 1325
The Serbian NAP does not include an allocated or estimated budget and there are no other financial resource consideration references within the NAP.
WPS commitments