EU Conference: Launch of the Gender Equality Index 2015
The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) develops and shares reliable evidence on gender equality in the EU and the Member States to support better informed policymaking. Since its creation in 2010 it is increasingly referred to as the EU knowledge center for gender equality matters.
As a major achievement EIGE developed and launched the Gender Equality Index in 2013 as a unique statistical tool for measuring progress in gender equality in several policy areas. Since then EIGE has introduced new variables in its domain of Work. For the first time a composite indicator was developed in the satellite domain of violence against women; this domain was completely empty in 2013 because of a lack of comparable data. The Index published in 2013 included data collected in 2010; now data for 2005 and 2012 have been incorporated to show progress over time. The Index will definitely bring you up to date.
EIGE’s Gender Equality Index 2015 will be presented to the European Commission, the Council, the European Parliament and other important stakeholders during an official launch event in Brussels. Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Ms Věra Jourová has confirmed her presence as a key note speaker at the event.
The results of the Index for the EU and the Member States will be presented for the first time at the launch. At the conference Member States’ official representatives will tell you how they managed to increase scores in several of the Index’ domains. Once revealed this tool will allow you to evaluate the impact of your work in the strategic frameworks for gender equality.
Virginija Langbakk, Director, EIGE
Vera Jourova, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
Ulrike Lunacek, Vice-president, European Parliament
Lydia Mutsch, Minister of Equal Opportunities, Luxembourg
Update of the Gender Equality Index, main trends and relevance at EU and national level
Presentation: Dr Jolanta Reingardė, Senior Researcher/Analyst, EIGE
Moderator: Dr Kalliope Agapiou-Josephides, member of EIGE’s Management Board, Professor, Jean Monnet Chair, University of Cyprus
This session presents the updated methodology for the domain of work and reveals the scores of the Gender Equality Index at three different time points: 2005, 2010 and 2012. The update also includes scores for Croatia, following its accession to the EU in 2013. A breakdown by domain is provided, highlighting where progress has been made and where scores remain most problematic.
Reinis Uzulnieks, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Welfare, Latvia
Gender Equality Index in a broader context
Presentation: Dr Viginta Ivaškaitė-Tamošiūnė, Research Officer - Research Statistics Indices, EIGE
Moderator: Salla Saastamoinen, Director for Equality, DG Justice, European Commission
Gender equality is a stand-alone goal, but also need to be incorporated into other policy areas. This section examines the Gender Equality Index scores in relation to economic growth (GDP), social protection expenditure, rates of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET), formal childcare provision, women’s representation in academia and health care expenditure.
Dr Helena Dalli, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, Malta
Towards a composite measure of violence against women
Presentation: Thérèse Murphy, Head of Operations, EIGE
Moderator: Michele Palma, member of EIGE’s Experts’ Forum,
Director General of the Office for General and International Affairs and Interventions in the Social Field, Department for Equal Opportunities, Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
This section presents an overview of a first attempt to develop a composite indicator that measures direct violence against women across the EU and can act as a tool that can support the monitoring of progress in the eradication of violence against women. Scores are provided only in relation to the EU average, with EU Member States clustered into three categories around this average. Results are then contextualised using other relevant indicators, including attitudes surrounding the general acceptability of violence against women, awareness of incidents of violence against women within the social environment, as well as the level of trust in police and justice institutions.
Virginija Langbakk, Director, EIGE
Salla Saastamoinen, Director for Equality, DG Justice, European Commission
Networking and coffee
Launch Index 2015 - Agenda in pdf
- Session 1, Update of the Gender Equality Index, main trends and relevance at EU and national level (.pdf), Dr Jolanta Reingardė, Senior Researcher/Analyst, EIGE
- Session 2, Gender Equality Index in a broader context (.pdf), Dr Viginta Ivaškaitė-Tamošiūnė, Research Officer - Research Statistics Indices, EIGE
- Session 3, Towards a composite measure of violence against women (.pdf), Thérèse Murphy, Head of Operations, EIGE
The conference will take place on Thursday 25 June 2015 in the Auditorium of the Belgian Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels.
Parc du Cinquantenaire, 10 Jubelbark
Bruxelles 1000 Brussel