Southeast European Countries Rock Bottom on EU Gender Equality Index

Greece, Hungary, Romania, and Croatia are all among the bottom five EU member states on the 2017 Gender Equality Index, released on Wednesday by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).

Among the four southeast European EU member states on the bottom of the list, Greece is in the lead in terms of gender inequality, with a rating of just 50 points out of 100. Croatia is in the fifth lowest place on the list, with 53.1 points.

The index is an in-depth study of gender equality in EU member states and takes into account several factors, including work, knowledge, money, health, decision-making power, and how time is distributed by both sexes on work, household chores, entertainment, and other day-to-day activities. EIGE is calling it “progress at a snail’s pace,” with the overall EU average for 2017 standing at 66.2 points out of 100.

The report does note significant progress is areas such as decision-making and so-called power, from economic to social and political engagement of women in these areas. Some of the slowest progress seems to be seen in household chores, still performed mostly by women in EU countries, and lack of leisure time enjoyed by women. This holds true for most of the southeast European countries listed.

Danica Radisic

Danica Radisic is Editor-in-Chief of The SEE Observer. She is also the proud owner of toddler, teen, two dogs, and a boutique communications and marketing agency. Danica has spent over a decade not only following and working with media in Southeast Europe, but also training journalists in using new tools and new media development. Follow Danica on Twitter as @nikibgd.

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