The European Institute of Gender Equality (EIGE), along with the European Council and the European Commission presented on Wednesday the updated Gender Equality Index for 2017, showing only modest progress.
“The situation has not improved during the last years. I am disappointed, I am shocked in some cases,” said the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourova. “We do something wrong, we do not recognize that we have this problem in some member states,” added the Commissioner.
According to the index, the EU’s score is just four points higher than ten years ago, just at 66.2 out of 100, while the top performing country is Sweden with a score of 82.6. Gender inequality champion is Greece, moving to the bottom of the index with just 50 points. The most improved country is Italy, gaining 12.9 points during the last period.
‘We are moving forward at a snail’s pace. We are still a long way off from reaching a gender-equal society and all countries in the European Union have room to improve. In some areas, the gaps are even bigger than ten years ago, said EIGE director Virginija Langbakk.
According to EIGE’s findings, the biggest boost has been observed in the area of decision-making, especially in the private sector, improving by 10 points during the last decade.
As for housework, progress has slipped backwards in 12 member states, as only every third man engages daily in cooking and housework, compared to almost every women (79%). Men also have more time for sporting, cultural and leisure activities. Migrant women have an especially high burden when it comes to caring for family members, compared to women born in the EU with 46% and 38% respectively.