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EIGE launches database on "Women and men in the EU: Facts and Figures"

May 21st 2012

The European Institute for Gender Equality has launched a new database on the indicators of the Beijing Platform for Action: Women and men in the EU: Facts and Figures.

In 1995, the Fourth World Conference on Women adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action for Equality, Development and Peace (BPfA). The BPfA is an agenda for women’s empowerment. It reaffirms the fundamental principle whereby the human rights of women and the girl child are an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of universal human rights. As an agenda for action, the BPfA seeks to promote and protect the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by women throughout their lives.

The European Institute for Gender Equality has launched a new database on the indicators of the BPfA: Women and men in the EU: Facts and Figures. As a tool, the database is useful to support the monitoring of the progress of gender equality in each EU country, it helps to identify areas for improvement and provides evidence for informed policy-making.

Furthermore, the database offers comparable and reliable data as well as information on gender equality in all Member States and the EU. It covers all twelve critical areas of concern defined by the Beijing Platform for Action. In total, data is presented for 43 indicators, in 62 data tables. Thanks to its functionalities, the database enables monitoring of gender equality in each area and allows for comparisons over time both against the EU average and between respective Member States.

For example, in area G of the Beijing Platform for Action: Women in Power and Decision Making, it is possible to find out that only 24% of places are occupied by women in National Parliaments of the 27 EU Member States and that Sweden is the only Member State where places are shared nearly equally between women and men. The database also shows data gaps, which call for further research and data collection in each EU country. For instance, one of the areas which is particularly characterised by a lack of available data is area D of the Beijing Platform for Action: Violence against Women.