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15 Oct 2019

European Gender Equality Index 2019: EU is still far from the finish line

The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) published the European Gender Equality Index for 2019 on 15 October 2019. The index shows that the EU’s score for gender equality is up just one point to 67.4, (out of a possible 100) since the 2017 edition. Sweden continues to top the EU scoreboard, with 83.6 points, followed by Denmark with 77.5. Greece and Hungary have the most ground to make up, with both scoring less than 52. Austria's score is 65.3 The biggest improver is Portugal, with an increase of 3.9 points, followed closely by Estonia with 3.1 points.

The report describes the European Union as "moving towards gender equality at a snail’s pace". Since 2005, the EU’s score has increased by only 5.4 points (+ 1.2 points since 2015) to 67.4. The EU is closest to gender equality in the domains of health (88.1 points) and money (80.4 points). Gender inequalities are most pronounced in the domain of power (51.9 points). Nevertheless, the score in this domain has improved the most since 2005 (+ 13 points), due to progress in nearly every Member State.

At 65.3 points overall, Austria scores higher than the EU in all domains, except for the domains of power and time, where Austria’s scores are the lowest (39.9 and 61.2 points), compared to other domains. Austria’s highest scores are in the domains of health (91.7 points) and money (86.4 points). Austria's scores improved most in the domains of power (+ 10.4 points) and knowledge (+ 5.2 points). Progress stalled in the domain of health (+ 0.3 points) and is moderate in the domains of time and work (+ 1 and + 2.9 points). Between 2005 and 2017, Austria’s Index score remained lower than the EU’s score. Nevertheless, according to the report, Austria has moved towards gender equality at a quicker rate, and the gap between Austria and the EU has reduced over time.

The Gender Equality Index is a tool to measure the progress of gender equality in the EU, developed by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). The Index has six core domains - work, money, knowledge, time, power and health – and two additional domains: violence against women and intersecting inequalities. It gives more visibility to areas that need improvement and ultimately supports policy makers to design more effective gender equality measures.

For more information:

EIGE - press release

Gender Equality Index for EU

Gender Equality Index for Austria

 

 

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