Women are also largely responsible for household tasks—child care, cooking, cleaning, and shopping.
Agricultural labor is divided according to gender, with men working with animals and machinery and women doing more hand labor in crop production, although flexibility exists in response to specific situations.
The communist new ideology and economy integrated women in paid employment - in the late 1970s, Bulgaria had the highest percentage of working women in the world.Nevertheless, the exact involvement in the labour force is quite difficult to determine, due to the presence of the unregulated informal sector.According to World Bank, women in 2014 made up 46.6% of the total labour force, pretty much the same as in 1990 (47.9%).Abortion in Bulgaria is legal on request during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and at later stages for medical reasons.In terms of military organization, women have historically been known to have been recruited to become soldiers for the Bulgarian army, particularly during critical times.
Being part of the European Union (since 2007), Bulgaria is subject to its directives. Bulgaria has ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings in 2007. The Protection Against Discrimination Act (2004) is Bulgaria's main anti-discrimination law.