• Today’s choices are tomorrow’s consequences

    In an informal meeting with European Gender Equality Ministers on 27 February 2024 under the Belgian Presidency, Director Carlien Scheele presented a vision of what gender equality could look like in 2030 – if we already put ourselves there.

  • Looking to the future of gender equality: emerging priorities issues

    Delivering the first outcomes of EIGE’s Strategic Foresight workshops to the European Commission and Member States, Director Carlien Scheele participated at the Meeting of the High-Level Group on Gender Mainstreaming in Brussels on 29 January as part of the Belgian Presidency.

  • Unpaid Care: committed actions can take us from a bleak to a bright future

    Marking 10 years of commitment and advocacy for domestic and home care in the EU, EIGE’s Director, Carlien Scheele gave an address at the Domestic and Home Care EU Congress on 14 November 2023 hosted by the European Federation for Family Employment and Home Care at the EGG Center in Brussels Good morning to the members of the European Federation...

  • Gender Equality Index 2023: Far From The Finish Line?

    On 24 October 2023 EIGE’s Director, Carlien Scheele, delivered the Gender Equality Index 2023 results to the FEMM Committee in European Parliament followed by an exchange of views.

  • Online panel survey on gender gaps in unpaid care, individual and social activities - Technical report

    This technical report presents the methodological details of the survey on gender gaps in unpaid care, individual and social activities carried out by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) in 2022. The survey findings will be published in the Gender Equality Index 2023, the policy brief Bridging the gender care gap to achieve work–life balance for all and EIGE’s...

  • EU gender equality reaches new milestone: is progress accelerating?

    Ten years ago, EIGE introduced the Gender Equality Index as a marker for the status quo of gender equality in the EU. In this year’s edition we see the biggest annual jump in the overall score in the history of the Index ever.

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  • Gender Equality Index 2023: Towards a green transition in transport and energy

    The Gender Equality Index 2023 presents the EU in relation to gender equality amid crises and uncertainties. In recent years, the world has been hit by repeated shocks and multiple crises. What remains constant is the fact that when crisis strikes, women and girls suffer disproportionally. The crises and shocks continuously threaten to create new challenges and reverse years of...

  • Women platform workers face challenges balancing unpaid care with work, despite so-called flexibility

    Increasing digitalisation has led to a proliferation of so-called "platform work" whereby workers use online platforms (e.g. Uber, Wolt, Bolt) to access clients to deliver specific tasks or services. Such platforms can be seen to offer flexibility regarding when, how much and where one works. And this can contribute to gender equality through enabling a better work-life balance. For example...

  • Characteristics and income of platform workers with childcare responsibilities

    Increasing digitalisation has led to a proliferation of so-called "platform work" whereby workers use online platforms (e.g. Uber, Wolt, Bolt) to access clients to deliver specific tasks or services. This note explores some of the characteristics of platform work for those with childcare responsibilities. Furthermore, it investigates gender differences for those carers who live with children in a couple or...

  • Gender differences in motivation to engage in platform work

    Platform work together with other new forms of employment are gaining ground in the European labour market. Although the share of women platform workers has been rising in recent years, they remain under-represented in platform work. Women are more likely to engage in platform work to gain an additional income and to have flexibility with the specific aim of combining...