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  • Gender Equality Index 2019: Still far from the finish line

    The EU continues its snail’s pace when it comes to gender equality progress. The latest Gender Equality Index from the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) shows that the EU’s score for gender equality is up just one point to 67.4, since the 2017 edition. Sweden continues to top the EU scoreboard, with 83.6 points, followed by Denmark with 77.5...

  • Two new faces in EIGE's management team

    EIGE is excited to welcome two new faces to its management team. Carlien Scheele has been appointed as EIGE's next Director and is expected to take up her position on 1 February 2020. Carlien will be EIGE’s second Director after Virginija Langbakk, who has led the Institute since its establishment in 2010. Carlien joins us from the Dutch government, where...

    Carlien Scheele and Maruša Gortnar
  • EIGE helps MEPs boost gender equality

    A fresh term for the European Parliament has begun. EIGE wants to help MEPs speed up progress on gender equality, which has been moving at a snail’s pace for the past decade. That’s why we have put together a package of EIGE’s resources to assist MEPs develop more gender-sensitive policies for the European Union. Read more Let’s make gender equality...

  • Gender-sensitive communication: What’s wrong with a ladylike handshake?

    What do expressions like policeman, female lawyer and ladylike handshake have in common? They are all examples of gender-discriminatory, even sexist language. They imply that all police officers are men and that a woman lawyer is an exception. And a ‘ladylike’ handshake is usually used as an insult. These expressions reflect unconscious bias and enforce gender stereotypes. To help you...

    Gender-sensitive communication
  • Gender Equality Index 2019 focuses on work-life balance

    Is gender equality in the EU still moving at a snail’s pace? What can we do better? Where does your country stand? Find out this October when EIGE gives an update on the state of gender equality in the EU. A new feature of this year’s Gender Equality Index will be a special focus on work-life balance. The Index will...

  • Better work-life balance would shrink the gender pay gap

    The gender pay gap reveals the different realities that women and men face in their professional and personal lives. Today, women across the EU earn on average, 16% less per hour than men. The biggest gap in earnings is among couples with children - showing that the financial cost of having a family falls heavily on women’s shoulders. These findings...

    Gender pay gap
  • Gender equality deserves more than 1%

    The EU’s budget can be a powerful force for growth and development. EU funds have helped transform less-developed regions and reduced inequality across the European Union. Yet a new report by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has estimated that less than 1% of the EU’s Structural and Investment Funds have been set aside for the promotion of gender...

    Gender budgeting in the European Union
  • EIGE’s website has a new face

    EIGE has re-designed its website to make it clearer, more accessible, and friendlier to new and returning users. It is now easier to find the latest information on gender equality and use our many resources. Key new features of the website include: New topic pages that give an overview of gender equality in your area of work and provide links...

    EIGE's new website
  • Women in decision-making: why it matters

    When it comes to power, the European Union has not yet reached the halfway mark to full gender equality. With the domain of power holding the lowest score in our Gender Equality Index, women remain under-represented in the kinds of decision-making positions that shape politics, economics and society. Yet gender equality is a founding value of the EU and improving...

    Women in decision-making
  • EIGE’s new guide helps estimate the risk of female genital mutilation

    Ahead of the international day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has published an updated step-by-step guide to assess the number of girls at risk. The fine-tuned methodology will assist those responsible for carrying out risk estimations of female genital mutilation in a region or country of the EU. “Female genital mutilation...

    EIGE’s new guide for estimating the risk of female genital mutilation
  • Female genital mutilation is illegal in Malta but girls are not safe

    Between 39 % to 57 % of girls originating from FGM-practising countries who live in Malta are at risk of female genital mutilation. The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) highlights these findings ahead of the international day to eliminate female genital mutilation on 6 February. “It is hard to imagine and to accept that today some girls in the...

    Female genital mutilation in Malta
  • Gender mainstreaming: Helping to build a more equal society

    Policymakers can now benefit from several new resources published on EIGE’s Gender Mainstreaming platform . EIGE has developed a detailed guide to help EU institutions and governmental bodies incorporate a gender perspective into each stage of the policy cycle. “When designing policies that will affect large groups of people, it is important to bear in mind that they will have...

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