The persistent gender imbalance among key decision-makers in large corporations and financial institutions remains a cause for concern. EU institutions recently agreed on a directive aimed at increasing the number of women on corporate boards by requiring Member States to ensure that companies listed on stock exchanges have at least 40 % of the under-represented gender among non-executive directors or 33 % among all directors.
The European Institute for Gender Equality defines gender-responsive public procurement (GRPP) as ‘a gender mainstreaming tool to promote gender equality through public procurement. GRPP is procurement that promotes gender equality through the goods, services or works being purchased. EIGE, in its work on gender mainstreaming and in particular gender budgeting, seeks to promote gender equality in how public resources are collected and spent.
This technical report presents the methodological aspects of the online survey on gender equality and socioeconomic consequences of COVID-19 carried out by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). The survey was implemented in all 27 EU Member States from June–July 2021 and its results are presented in the Gender Equality Index 2022 – The COVID-19 pandemic and care. This technical report gives detailed information on the survey process, from its design to data processing, cleaning and weighting.
The Gender Equality Index is a tool to measure the progress of gender equality in the EU, developed by EIGE. It gives more visibility to areas that need improvement and ultimately supports policy makers to design more effective gender equality measures. The Gender Equality Index has tracked the painfully slow progress of gender equality in the EU since 2010, mostly due to advances in decision-making.
Public institutions in the EU are major investors, spending some €2 trillion per year on the purchase of goods, services and works. Their procurement practices can directly promote gender equality, support sustainable procurement and improve efficiency in public spending. This is what gender-responsive public procurement (GRPP) is. Yet policymakers are unfamiliar with this promising approach, and authorities in the EU rarely implement it.
The European Institute for Gender Equality carried out the project ‘Supporting gender equality in the economy through public procurement’ with the overall aim of contributing to a more gender-equal distribution of economic resources in the EU. This report presents the main research findings of this project, followed by a selection of case studies and policy recommendations. The research findings suggest that there are low rates of implementation of gender-responsive public procurement (GRPP) in most EU countries.
The persistent gender imbalance among key decision-makers in large corporations and financial institutions remains a cause for concern. The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) monitors the situation biannually for the largest listed companies in each of the 27 European Union (EU) Member States (EU-27) and annually for central banks and European financial institutions.
This practical step-by-step toolkit for implementing gender-responsive public procurement (GRPP) in the EU is designed for contracting authorities at national, regional and local level, including EU institutions, bodies and agencies. It supports public sector buyers in advancing gender equality through the use of GRPP. It is also designed to be useful to policymakers and practitioners working towards gender equality and gender mainstreaming, at both the EU and the national levels.
EIGE's 2021 study on the costs of gender-based violence in the European Union focused on intimate partner violence as a subset of gender-based violence and provided an updated estimate of the costs of gender-based and intimate partner violence in the EU. EIGE calculated the cost of gender-based violence in the EU and in each Member State based on extrapolated data from the United Kingdom.
Gender-responsive public procurement (GRPP) is a gender mainstreaming tool to promote gender equality through public procurement. GRPP promotes gender equality through the goods, services or works being purchased. This means that buyers and suppliers examine the impact of all contracted activities on women’s and men’s needs, interests and concerns, and design and deliver contracts in a way that reduces inequalities.
Since 2013, the Gender Equality Index has been recognised by EU institutions and Member States as a key benchmark for gender equality in the EU. The 6th edition of the Index covers a range of indicators in the domains of society and life most afected by the COVID-19 crisis. Although Index scores are mostly based on 2019 data, and therefore cannot capture the full impact of the crisis on gender equality, the report provides ample evidence of the pandemic’s negative repercussions on women in the domains of work, money, knowledge, time, power and health.
The persistent gender imbalance among key decision-makers in large corporations and financial institutions remains a cause for concern. Each year, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) monitors gender balance in central banks and European financial institutions, and does so on a biannual basis in the largest listed companies in the EU Member States. Despite continued political and media attention, pressure from shareholders and an increasing body of knowledge showing the performance benefits of gender-balanced decision-making, women remain substantially under-represented in corporate boardrooms.