Gender Equality Index 2015 – Measuring gender equality in the European Union 2005-2012

The Gender Equality Index 2015, published by the European Institute for Gender Equality, provides a comprehensive measure of gender equality, tailored to fit the EU policy context. Following the importance of cohesion across EU Member States, the Gender Equality Index ensures that higher gender equality scores can only be obtained in societies where there are small gender gaps and high lev­els of achievement.

The update includes scores for 2005, 2010 and 2012, for the first time allowing for an assessment of the progress made in the pursuit of gen­der equality in the European Union and individual Mem­ber States over time. Moreover, the update makes a first attempt at populating the satellite domain of vio­lence by providing a composite indicator of direct violence against women, based on the data on violence against women collected by the European Union Agency for Fun­damental Rights through the EU-wide Survey on Violence against Women.