Since the beginning of Coronavirus lockdowns, police, women shelters and NGOs have reported a surge in domestic violence, especially violence targeting women. The pandemic has exposed how common this serious human rights abuse is and how insufficient the measures to fight it still are. The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) and the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) call on the EU and its Member States to use the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to step up their efforts to effectively protect women's rights.
In Europe, we are all adjusting to new ways of living because of the effects of the coronavirus. We are learning what it means to self-quarantine, work from home, home-school children, lose a job or even a loved one. Each person’s situation is different, but for sure, the coronavirus will reveal the different realities of women and men. At the frontline of this coronavirus pandemic are the healthcare workers who are working around the clock and putting themselves at risk to care for patients.
A new vision for a gender-equal Europe was announced today by Vera Jourova, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, and Helena Dalli, Commissioner for Equality, when they unveiled the EU’s Gender Equality Strategy 2020 - 2025. Priorities include reducing economic inequalities, creating better work-life balance, combating violence against women, and making sure that important issues, such as climate change and digitalisation take gender equality concerns into account.
Drafting a report? Writing your thesis? If the topic is gender equality, EIGE's collection of grey literature can help. We have put together 19 reading lists to make it easier to find what you're looking for. EIGE’s library hosts one of the largest collections of gender-related grey literature from government institutions, universities, research institutes and civil society. We have now condensed this information into 19 publications that present available resources in each of the EU's policy areas.
Carlien Scheele has today started her term as the new Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). She takes over from Virginija Langbakk, who has led the Institute since its inception in 2010. "I am excited to take over the leadership of EIGE and build on the impressive work done by the Institute's first Director. I want to cement EIGE's position as the EU's knowledge centre on gender equality by deepening collaboration with other organisations, crystallising our messages and stressing our added value," said Ms Scheele.
Two more countries outside the EU, Albania and Montenegro, have released their first Gender Equality Indices, identifying inequalities across the six domains of work, time, money, power, knowledge and health. Albania scored 60.4 points, while Montenegro scored 55 points. The 2019 EU average is 67.4. "Now that Albania and Montenegro have their own Gender Equality Indices, they will be able to monitor their progress.
Today in Vilnius, Lithuania, EU leaders on gender equality are marking a decade since the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) opened its doors. Senior EU figures such as Helena Dalli, EU Commissioner for Equality, and Evelyn Regner, Chair of the European Parliament's gender equality committee, will join EIGE to take stock of what has been achieved and give their thoughts on how the Institute can help make equality between women and men a reality.
A surge in migration to the EU in 2015 – 2016 put the matter high on the political agenda, with EU Member States calling for good practices on integration. A new study from EIGE provides a gender analysis of policies on education and training of migrants and presents some initiatives that work on the ground. "Effective integration of migrants can contribute to tackling the challenges of ageing societies and labour market shortages in the European Union.
It is almost a quarter of a century since the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted by 189 governments following a landmark UN conference in 1995. New research from EIGE shows that no EU country has yet fully implemented this blueprint for women's empowerment, with issues such as ageing societies, migration and climate change bringing new challenges. “The ageing population of the EU brings new challenges for gender equality as women continue to be the main providers of care.
EIGE interviewed ICT companies across the EU-28 and examine initiatives to bring in and retain more women. Currently, only some 17% of ICT professionals in the EU are women. Our research found that the most effective methods for bringing women into ICT include a mixture of work-life balance measures, awareness campaigns, and programmes specifically targeting women and girls. EIGE’s research has been condensed into two factsheets;
Today the heads of the nine EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) agencies came together to discuss the EU’s New Strategic Agenda 2021 – 2024, cooperation efforts and ways to strengthen diversity and inclusion in the workplace. To further their commitment, the agencies have signed a formal engagement to champion equality and ensure equal opportunities for all staff members while embracing their diversity.
More than one woman was killed every day by an intimate partner or family member in the EU on average in 2016. To help police prevent repeated acts of intimate partner violence and save lives, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has developed a risk assessment guide for police. “With proper training, and allocation of resources where they are most needed, our guide can help police improve victim safety.