• FGM study: More girls at risk but community opposition growing

    To mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on 6 February, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has released estimations of the number of girls at risk of FGM in Denmark, Spain, Luxembourg and Austria. The estimations find that increases in the number of migrants from FGM-practising countries since 2011 has pushed up the number of girls at risk in Spain, Luxembourg and Austria.

    Female genital mutilation in the EU
  • Season’s greetings from EIGE

    We wish you all a happy holiday season and look forward to continuing our work on gender equality together next year.

  • More equal sharing of care would reduce workplace gender inequality

    There is a direct link between the unequal division of un­paid care in households and gender inequality in the labour market, according to a study by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). Across the EU, the bulk of unpaid care work is done by women, with 92 % providing un­paid care several days a week – as opposed to 68 % of men. Employed women also do more than their fair share of unpaid care work. Across the EU, they spend 90 minutes more per day than employed men on unpaid care.

  • Sexism at work: How can we stop it?

    The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has published a handbook to help stop sexism in the workplace. From recruitment to performance evaluation, EIGE’s handbook shows how organisations can ensure women and men employees feel safe, respected and fulfilled.

  • Covid-19 wave of violence against women shows EU countries still lack proper safeguards 

    Lockdowns to contain the coronavirus led to spikes in domestic violence reports. In two new studies, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) assesses the measures each EU country took to protect women during the pandemic and shows how governments can amplify the role of people witnessing violence.

  • International law: women have right to sexual and reproductive health

    While all EU Member States are bound by the Beijing Declaration and its requirement to provide access to safe and high-quality sexual and reproductive healthcare, this continues to be an area of concern. EIGE has noted this development in several recent studies. The 25-year review of the Beijing Platform for Action shows that access to sexual and reproductive health services varies greatly between the Member States, with some countries introducing restrictions to services such as abortion.

  • Gender Equality Index 2020: Can we wait 60 more years?

    With a score of 67.9 out of 100, the EU is at least 60 years away from reaching complete gender equality, if we continue at the current pace. The latest Gender Equality Index from the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) shows that the EU is improving by just half a point each year.

    EIGE Gender Equality Index 2020
  • Gender Equality Index 2020: work in a digital world

    It is time to start the countdown for the Gender Equality Index 2020. Has the EU gone forward or backward when it comes to gender equality? Which country will win the award for the most improved? Find out on 29 October when EIGE gives its annual update on the state of gender equality in the EU. This year, the Gender Equality Index takes a special look at digitalisation in the world of work, and the consequences for gender equality.

    EIGE's Gender Equality Index 2020
  • Stronger together: EU Agencies join forces to respond to COVID-19

    Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, nine Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) agencies (CEPOL, EASO, EIGE, EMCDDA, eu-LISA, Eurojust, Europol, FRA and Frontex) have been supporting the Member States and EU institutions in meeting the unprecedented challenges resulting from the outbreak of the virus - each agency in its respective area of work, in both the short term and the long term.

    European Union flags
  • Europe needs to care more about care

    The EU is facing a shortage of carers, and the demand is growing as the population ages. Most professionals in the formal care sector are women and their working conditions are often very demanding. Heavy workloads, night shifts and low pay characterise their work. These factors will not attract more people to a sector that is already overburdened and under-resourced.

    Woman carer assists an older woman in a wheelchair
  • Covid-19 and gender-based violence: Has the pandemic taught us anything?

    Lockdowns to prevent the spread of Covid-19 trapped many women at home with abusers. Several countries saw spikes in domestic violence reports. As lockdowns ease, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is taking a closer look at how we can protect women in times of crisis – be it a pandemic, natural disaster or economic recession. Domestic violence happens everywhere.