The European Institute for Gender Equality released on 15 October its 2019 Gender Equality Index, showing that EU’s score for gender equality is up just one point to 67.4, since the 2017 edition. Sweden continues to top the scoreboard, with 83.6 points, followed by Denmark with 77.5. Portugal has the biggest improvement, with an increase of 3.9 points.

This year’s Index focuses on work-life balance. The lowest scoring domain is power, which looks at equality in decision-making. However, it is the area with the biggest progress, due to the rise of women on company boards.

“As the new EU Parliament and Commission shape and renew EU priorities for the next strategic framework, it is crucial that gender equality gathers speed”, said Virginija Langbakk, director of the European Institute for gender equality.

“Gender inequality is holding Europe back from reaching its full potential. I am proud of what we have achieved, however now our actions need to make a difference on the ground”, added Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality.

The Index is a tool with six core domains – work, money, knowledge, time, power and health, as well as two additional domains: violence against women and intersecting inequalities. It gives more visibility to areas that need improvement and supports policy makers to design more effective measures.