Sweden best in the EU on gender equality
Sweden tops the EU Gender Equality Index in 2017, ahead of Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands. This news was presented today in Brussels at a conference organised by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).
The EIGE Gender Equality Index measures progress in the area of gender equality over a ten-year period, between 2005 and 2015. The Index measures progress across six domains: work, health, time, money, knowledge and power.
"Sweden's top ranking in the EU Gender Equality Index shows that systematic gender equality efforts pay off, even if the results do not mean that we can remain content. The Government has set an objective that women and men should have the same power to shape society and their lives – and we are not there yet. On the other hand, the Index confirms that we are on the right track, and I look forward to continuing this work," says Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Regnér, in Brussels.
The Gender Equality Index shows that, on the whole, progress towards gender equality is slow. A country can receive a score of at most 100 on the Index, and the EU average is 66.2. Sweden received a score of 82.6, thereby topping the list. Greece, Hungary and the Slovak Republic are at the bottom of the list.