EIGE Press Release on the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital MutilationTo successfully eliminate the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) and safeguard girls and women at risk in the European Union, protection and prosecution need to be combined with prevention. The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) in its research highlights that strategies preventing FGM in the EU are effective.
The estimated personal and societal cost of Violence against Women is alarmingly high. Direct and indirect costs of violence against women and intimate partner violence affect the victim, their immediate family, society and economy to the extent of slowing down their normal functioning. These are the sad results of the “Study on estimating the costs of gender-based violence in the EU” released by the European Institute for Gender Equality.”Designing adequate EU-policies however, urgently requires quantitative and qualitative data to measure the real cost of violence against women.
Although administrative data on violence against women is collected in all EU Member States, their usefulness for policy-making is limited by insufficient comparability. Police and Justice are best in collecting data concerning violence against women, but the data collected are not always sex-disaggregated and therefore inefficient for use by EU legislative bodies. This is one of the main conclusions of a study by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) „Administrative data sources on gender-based violence against women in the EU:
Serbia will be the first country outside the EU to build a gender equality index based on the Gender Equality Index of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). EIGE experts investigated the possibilities during an official visit on 14 and 15 October and concluded that it is relevant and technically feasible to construct such an Index in Serbia: Serbia has the appropriate statistical know-how and expertise to do so.
In response to EU Council conclusions from 5-6 June 2014 on ‘Preventing and combating all forms of violence against women and girls’, which called on relevant EU Agencies ‘to continue their efforts to combat violence against women and to strengthen their cooperation and pool their expertise’ – FRA will make available the dataset from its EU-wide survey on violence against women for EIGE to use in its work.
The Management Board of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is pleased to announce that it has reappointed Ms. Virginija Langbakk as Director for a further period of five years.Ms. Langbakk, who has Swedish and Lithuanian roots, oversaw the establishment of the Institute, a statutory independent Agency of the European Union, which is located in Vilnius, Lithuania.EIGE’s role links to the commitment in the European Treaties to foster gender equality as a fundamental principle.
Also available in BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, FR, GA, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SVSubject: In connection with the launch of the EU-wide research on Administrative Data Sources on gender-based violence, 19-20 March, Vilnius, Lithuania Combating gender-based violence seriously hampered by data gapsExperts on data collection from EU-28, gathered in Vilnius for a consultation meeting on gender-based violence (GBV), calling on policy makers to assure the collection of harmonised and comparable data on GBV in the EU-28.
The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) marks the International Women’s Day by presenting the Institute’s research in the area of women and decision-making to representatives of Lithuanian Government, embassies and non-governmental organisations. “Elections to the European Parliament will be held in May and the first Gender Equality Index for the European Union shows that the biggest gender gap in the EU is in the area of Power.
When it comes to gender equality, EIGE’s study shows that radio is not yet a fully gender-equal environment. The radio plays out-of-tune when it comes to the representation of women at decision-making level. There are only 34 % of women among the top level decision-makers in the 10 radio stations that were included in EIGE’s study. Only 16% of the women working there operate at CEO level and the organisational culture remains largely masculine.
Jurgita Pečiūrienė, EIGE’s Gender Expert and member of the gender-based violence team receives the commemorative badge for the contribution to Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU from the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė.EIGE provides access to existing statistics data and information on gender-based violence, aiming to support the institutions and experts engaged in preventing and combating gender-based violence in the EU and beyond.
The importance of gender training was emphasised in the Council conclusions on the effectiveness of institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women and gender equality adopted during the meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council meeting on 9-10 December 2013 in Brussels. Generally, the Member States were called upon to strengthen efforts to mainstream gender equality in all governmental policy areas at all levels.
Gender equality in the EU is facing serious challengesThe advancement of gender equality in the EU is unlikely without effective national structures dedicated to this area. “EIGE’s research points out that although equality between women and men is recognised as a fundamental principle of the European Union and a precondition for its sustainable development, the tendency to marginalise national institutional structures that are specifically focused on the advancement of gender equality in the EU is getting stronger.” says Virginija Langbakk, Director of EIGE.EIGE’s new report presents the effectiveness of institutional mechanisms and gender mainstreaming in EU member states in 2005 and 2012.