Gender Equality Index 2019: Belgium
With 71.1 out of 100 points, Belgium ranks 8th in the EU on the Gender Equality Index. Its score is 3.7 points higher than the EU’s score. Between 2005 and 2017, Belgium’s score increased by 5.1 points (+ 0.6 points since 2015). Despite this progress, Belgium is progressing towards gender equality at a slower pace than other EU Member States. Its ranking has dropped by two places since 2005.
Belgium’s scores are higher than the EU’s scores in all domains, except for the domains of time and health. Gender inequalities are most pronounced in the domains of power (55.2 points) and time (65.3 points). Belgium’s highest score is in the domain of money (88.3 points), where it ranks second in the EU. Scores improved most in the domains of power (+ 15.4 points) and money (+ 7 points). Progress stalled in the domain of health and regressed in the domain of time (- 9 points).
Between 2005 and 2017, Belgium improved its Index scores. In this period, Belgium´s score was higher than the EU’s score, but improved more slowly. Therefore, the distance between Belgium and the EU has reduced over time.