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Gender Equality Index. 2018

Idescat publishes the Gender Equality Index (IIG) for Catalonia 2018. These statistics are compiled by Idescat in partnership with the Catalan Women's Institute.

The IIG in Catalonia in 2018 was 72.5 points (total equality stands at 100) with an increase of 1.6 points compared to 2017 and 7.6 points since the 2010. Catalonia's score on gender equality is 0.5 points higher than that of Spain as a whole (72.0) and 4.6 points higher than that of the European Union (67.9).

The analysis of each of the domains shows that health is the domain with the most gender equality (90.8 points), followed by the domains of money (80.0), work (75.4) and time (73.7). In contrast, the domains with the least gender equality are power (66.4) and knowledge (63.0).

Since 2010, the temporal evolution of the domains that make up the Gender Equality Index shows progress at different rates. Thus, the improvement of the domain of power stands out, with an increase of 24.5 points, while the advances in equality of the domains of health and knowledge are 4.3 and 4.1 points, respectively. Improvements are slower in the domains of money (2.2 points) and work (1.5 points), while in equality in the domain of time there is a decline of 2 points.

Gender Equality Index by domains and sub-domains 2018
Catalonia Spain European Union
Gender Equality Index 72.5 72.0 67.9
Work 75.4 73.2 72.2
Money 80.0 77.8 80.6
Knowledge 63.0 67.6 63.6
Time 73.7 64.0 65.7
Power 66.4 69.4 53.5
Health 90.8 90.1 88.0
Source: Idescat and ICD. For Spain and EU, EIGE.
Note: The Index uses a scale of 1 to 100, where 100 is for total equality between women and men.

Compared to the European Union, Catalonia recorded better results in 4 of the 6 domains, of which power and time stand out, with a difference of 12.9 points and 8.0, respectively. In contrast, it has slightly lower scores on the domains of money and knowledge, both with a difference of −0.6 points

In relation to Spain as a whole, Catalonia is 9.7 points above the domain of time, 2.3 points above the domains of work and money, and 0.7 points above the domain of health. On the other hand, Catalonia has lower scores on gender equality in the domains of knowledge (−4.6 points) and power (−3.1 points)..

The IIG is based on the methodology of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), and aims to reflect the reality of equality between men and women on important aspects of their well-being and development. It is calculated upon the basis of 31 basic indicators, hierarchically divided into 6 domains: work, money, knowledge, time, power and health.

The results of the IIG and its components are presented on a domainless scale, in a range from 1 to 100, with 1 representing total inequality and 100, total equality Data are provided for Catalonia for the years 2005, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2017, and they are compared with those for Spain and the European Union.

The 5.50 and 5.60 EU Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators for Catalonia, calculated by data based on the Gender Equality Index, are also updated.