With 58.8 out of 100 points, Bulgaria ranks 19th on the Gender Equality Index. Bulgaria’s score is 8.6 points lower than the EU’s score. Between 2005 and 2017, Bulgaria’s score increased by only 2.8 points (+ 0.8 points since 2015). Bulgaria has been progressing towards gender equality at a slower pace than other EU Member States. Bulgaria’s ranking has dropped five places since 2005.

Bulgaria’s scores are lower than the EU’s scores in all domains, except the domain of power. Bulgaria’s score in this domain has improved the most (+ 11.5) since 2005, placing Bulgaria 6th in the EU in this domain. Progress has stalled in the domain of knowledge (+ 0.7 points), and Bulgaria’s score sharply decreased in the domain of time (- 8.2 points). Bulgaria’s highest score is in the domain of health (77.1 points), but this is the second lowest score in the EU. Significant challenges persist in the domains of money (61.8 points) and time (42.7 points). Both scores rank last in the EU.

Between 2005 and 2017, Bulgaria improved its Index score but had a much lower score than the EU in the entire period. Moreover, Bulgaria has moved towards gender equality at a slower rate, meaning that the gap with the EU has increased over time.

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