Gender Equality Index 2015: Measuring gender equality in the European Union 2005-2012
Gender equality has been at the heart of European Union (EU) policymaking since the inclusion of the principle of equal pay in the Treaty Establishing the European Economic Community in 1957. Despite the European Union’s persistent and longstanding engagement with gender equality, progress in the area remains limited. Aiming to support more effective policymaking at EU level, the European Institute for Gender Equality developed the Gender Equality Index. The Gender Equality Index 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.