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IIG Gender Equality Index

The Gender Equality Index is a composite indicator that measures the distance a society has to go to achieve full equality among women and men.

This indicator's objective is to reflect the reality of gender equality in important aspects of welfare and people's development.

Idescat and the Gender Equality Observatory, a body associated with the Catalan Women's Institute (ICD), draw up this Index specifically for Catalonia, in accordance with the methodology established by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).

The Index is based on 31 indicators, structured in a hierarchical manner in 6 domains, which are then divided into 14 sub-domains. The results offered are of 4 types:

  1. The Gender Equality Index (maximum aggregation level).
  2. The Index for each of the 6 domains of the analysis: work, money, knowledge, time, power and health.
  3. The Index for each of the 14 sub-domains in which the 6 aforementioned domains are broken down.
  4. 31 basic indicators, which are the basis for calculating the previous levels.

The results of the indices for Catalonia are disseminated for the years 2005, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2017, in accordance with the periodicity that the EIGE uses for the European Union and its member states.

Gender Equality Index by domains and sub-domains 2017
Catalonia Spain European Union
Gender Equality Index 70.9 70.1 67.4
Work 75.8 72.9 72.0
Participation 84.3 79.1 80.9
Segregation and quality of work 68.2 67.1 64.0
Money 79.6 76.7 80.4
Financial resources 73.9 72.2 73.8
Economic situation 85.8 81.4 87.7
Knowledge 62.4 67.4 63.5
Attainment and participation 72.9 76.0 72.8
Segregation 53.4 59.7 55.4
Time 73.8 64.0 65.7
Care activities 81.0 74.5 70.0
Social activities 67.3 55.0 61.6
Power 59.8 62.0 51.9
Political 60.5 76.8 55.0
Economic 63.4 53.4 43.6
Social 55.6 58.1 58.2
Health 89.9 90.1 88.1
Status 94.1 94.1 92.2
Behaviour 77.9 78.6 75.4
Access 99.1 98.9 98.3
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.