The 2020 Gender Equality Index, published by the European institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) on 29 October 2020, shows the urgent need for progress in all EU Member States. The score has increased by only 0.5 points since 2017 (and by 4.1 points since 2010). At this pace, it will take more than 60 years to achieve gender equality in the EU. Key findings include that gender balance in decision-making is a major driver of change in almost all EU Member States, while the initial analysis of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic suggests that there is a risk that the fragile gains achieved with regard to women’s independence, in the past decade, will be rolled back.
The Gender Equality and Governance Index, published by the Global Governance Forum, shows in its 2020 rankings a clear correlation between gender equality, economic prosperity, and inclusive leadership. This publication also indicates that COVID-19 has shone an” uncompromising search light on global gender inequality, reminding us that gender discrimination has been undermining economic growth and wasting our human and planetary resources for far too long”.