Unpaid care is often taken for granted. It's simply done without question as a labour of love. But EIGE’s new time use survey focused on care, leisure and volunteering activities reveals unpaid care is in a pressure cooker situation right now which demands introspection and long-term solutions. Data collected from all EU Member States found that 42% of women and 38% of men are involved in unpaid caregiving activities, such as caring for children, older family members, or people with disabilities.
The platform work economy comes with great strengths. The ability to work where you want and how you want is a significant motivator for people who have grown tired of the 9-5 rigidity and seek more diversity in their career path.
Today is International Women’s Day. An occasion to celebrate the wins for gender equality so far. To reflect on the struggles. And a day to look ahead, take a glance at the future and imagine what could be.
Stakeholders recognise EIGE’s unique expertise and data on gender equality. They value EIGE’s contribution to the development of gender-sensitive policies and EIGE’s Gender Equality Index continues to be the main reference for gender equality in the EU.
Today the Chair of the Gender Equality Forum 2022, Carlien Scheele, presents her Chair Statement. This document paves a path towards EIGE’s and the wider gender equality community's future challenges, from how crisis and gender-based violence meet, to the twin challenges of the green and digital transition and the ongoing need for desegregated data addressing intersecting inequalities.
For the first time ever, EIGE’s Gender Equality Index shows signs of a worsening situation for women in many areas of work and home life. By addressing these rising inequalities today, we can build a stronger economy that benefits everyone, regardless of gender.