• Let's turn up the power for more gender equality

    Years of crises, the increasing clout of radical right-wing voices, and a sense of 'gender fatigue' have impacted EU governments' commitment to gender equality. New research from EIGE shows that Member States are allocating less attention to the institutional structures that have helped narrow the gaps between women and men. WATCH: Power Up conference live “Progress on gender equality cannot be taken for granted,” said Virginija Langbakk, EIGE’s Director.

  • EU Agencies join 10-year anniversary of EU’s Fundamental Rights Charter

    EIGE, together with the other EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Agencies marks the 10-year anniversary of the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. We pledge to continue to respect and promote fundamental rights and ensure our work always complies with the Charter. This includes upholding fundamental rights in our working practices and promoting gender equality and diversity at work. The statement builds on a previous commitment by all EU agencies to strengthen fundamental rights’ protection in their work and was released during the 2019 Conference on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

  • North Macedonia publishes its own Gender Equality Index

    North Macedonia’s score of 62 points sits just below the EU average of 67.4 points. This places the country in 16th place in comparison with the EU countries. In the domain of power, the country scores better than the EU. North Macedonia has 52.6 points, compared to the EU average of 51.9. However, significant gender inequalities remain, especially when it comes to income and earnings, and the sharing of household responsibilities.

  • 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 she was Director of Gender and LGBTI Equality.

    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 a reality

  • 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 use language and images which are modern, inclusive and treat people with respect, EIGE has developed a gender-sensitive communication toolkit, including a booklet and interactive online tool.

    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 explore the diverse ways women and men juggle work and personal commitments, especially when they have to care for young children, older relatives or family members with a disability.

  • 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 are from a new report published today by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).

    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 equality, with gender mainstreaming treated as a theme that has little impact on the actual content of funding programmes.

    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 to all our resources.

    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 it could lead to an increase in GDP of up to €3.15 trillion by 2050.

    Women in decision-making