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Vera Lomazzi and Isabella Crespi

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447317692

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447317692.001.0001

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Gender equality in Europe: measures and indicators

Gender equality in Europe: measures and indicators

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(p.75) Four Gender equality in Europe: measures and indicators
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Gender Mainstreaming and Gender Equality in Europe
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Vera Lomazzi

Isabella Crespi

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447317692.003.0005

This chapter dealswith the complex task of measuring gender equality across European countriesby assuming two principal perspectives: the use of macro indicators, developed using gender statistics and describingthe country’s situation;and the employment of micro-level indicators, which are built on survey-population measurements, such as ISSP and Eurobarometer, and refer to individuals’ perspectives on gender issues. The critical overview provided on the international indicesspeaks to different conceptualisations of gender equality. This requires awareness not only among scholars interested in the study of gender equality, but also among policymakers and audit bodies that evaluate policies. The EIGE Gender Equality Index, developed in the gender-mainstreaming perspective’s framework by the European Institute for Gender Equality,appears particularly meaningful for evaluating gender equality according to the overall European strategy. The measurement of gender-equality issues through surveys needs better conceptualisations, which so farmainly refer to women’s double role as working mothers, thereby neglecting gender equality’s multidimensionality and the fact that it encompasses the status of both women and men.

Keywords:   Gender statistics, Gender equality index, EIGE, Gender role attitudes, Eurobarometer, ISSP, Gender contract, Population surveys

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