Thursday, 27 June 2013

Launch of the Gender Equality Index

The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has released the first Gender Equality Index for the European Union on 13 June 2013 in Brussels.

"The Gender Equality Index shows differences in outcomes between women and men at the individual level in EU Member States (...) This unique measurement tool supports evidence-based policy-making and indicates where political priorities should be shifted to accelerate the process of achieving a gender-equal Europe".

Virginija Langbakk, Director of EIGE (read more).

The Gender Equality Index provides a measure of how far or how close a Member State was from achieving gender equality in 2010. The Index scores the EU overall as well as each Member State in six core domains:
  1. work
  2. money
  3. knowledge
  4. time
  5. power
  6. health
and two satellite domains: intersecting inequalities and violence.

The score assigned to each country goes from 1 (no gender equality) to 100 (full gender equality).

The average EU score is 54, indicating that the EU is still about half-way to achieving a gender-equal society. Interestingly, it is the domain of power that highlights the biggest gender gap, with an average score of only 38 at EU level, followed closely by the domain of time with a score of 38.8, which points to wide differences between women and men when it comes to time spent on unpaid caring and domestic activities.

There will be regular updates for this Gender Equality Index, which hopes to offer EU policy makers a reliable tool in assessing the progress and effectiveness of policies aimed at improving gender equality in general and specific policy areas.

More information:
Estelle Loiseau
Wikigender Co-ordinator

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