The Impact Of The Crisis On Women In Central And Eastern Europe
Financial and economic crises and a rapid loss of existential security are nothing new for women and men in the former socialist block countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).
These crises have been a permanent condition of every day life for the majority of populations in the region. In the countries addressed in this paper – including the new EU countries, countries that emerged from the split of Yugoslavia, Ukraine and Russia – instability and the struggle for survival have been part and parcel of managing every day life for the last 20 years, as well as earlier, as the first signs of crisis of state socialism appeared in the 1980s. In the former Yugoslavia, war exacerbated existential insecurity. The paradox is that the new crisis comes exactly at the time when the transition has been at last declared completed, and women’s and men’s lives have gained stability for good and bad.