• How we can successfully avoid paying the high price of gender inequality

    Although we have made progress, inequality remains widespread. And it comes at a price. Director Carlien Scheele identified the high price we face if we do not achieve gender equality by presenting EIGE’s research on how we can overcome these remaining challenges at ETUI-ETUC’s conference: “A Blueprint for Equality”, held in Brussels on 24 June 2022. If we work together...

  • Gender-responsive public procurement: the key to fair and efficient public spending in the EU

    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...

  • Economic growth and gender equality go hand in hand: Spain-EIGE meetings

    Improving gender equality is one of the key ways to improve a country’s economy. This message resonated during the recent meetings between the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) and Irene Montero, Spain’s Minister for Equality.

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  • Gender-responsive Public Procurement in the EU: Report

    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...

  • EIGE Gender Equality Forum 2022: the countdown is on!

    Save the date for the first-ever EIGE Gender Equality Forum on 24 and 25 October 2022. Join as gender equality champions discuss how to build an economy that works for women, men, girls and boys in all their diversity.

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  • Statistical brief: gender balance in business and finance 2021

    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.

  • Policy support on gender mainstreaming

    EIGE is supporting the European Commission (DG REFORM) and EU Member States in mitigating the economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 crisis by promoting gender mainstreaming through public reforms...

  • Annex 2: The EU’s gender equality legal and policy framework

    The European Union is based on the rule of law [1]. This means that every action taken by the EU is founded on treaties that have been approved voluntarily and democratically by all Member States. Treaties are legally binding agreements between Member States that set out EU objectives, rules for EU institutions, how decisions are made and the relationship between...