Lithuania moves up one notch in EU’s gender equality index

Lithuania went up a notch to the 22nd position in the European Union’s latest Gender Equality Index, but still lags behind most other countries.

Presented during a remote press conference on Thursday, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) survey gave Lithuania 56.3 out of 100 points, putting the country 11 points below the EU average.

Lithuania’s score rose 1.4 points from 2010 and inched up 0.8 points from 2017. The latest rating was produced on data from 2018, the EIGE noted.

The survey concludes that, with a score of 67.9 out of 100, the EU is at least 60 years away from reaching complete gender equality, if the current pace of progress persists. The latest Gender Equality Index shows that the EU is improving by just half a point each year.

Among EU member states, Sweden, Denmark and France keep their top spots. The biggest progress was done in Italy, Luxembourg and Malta, with each gaining around 10 points since 2010. Greece, Hungary and Romania are lagging behind the rest.

“We have seen small, steady gains year on year but this time we have a reason for concern. The coronavirus pandemic poses a serious threat to gender equality progress, which we cannot afford,” said Carlien Scheele, EIGE’s director.

Lithuania and Malta stand out among EU member states for having only one female member in their cabinets. A lack of women in the government was the reason why Lithuania dropped from the 19th to the 23rd position in the index last year.

Lithuania made progress in the area of women’s financial resources and economic situation. It also scored well in the area of female employment.

The Gender Equality Index has been produced to evaluate progress in the area of gender equality in the European Union since 2010.

Last year, Lithuania scored 55.5 points out of 100 and was almost 12 points behind the EU average.