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Hungary lags behind the EU average on gender equality – we show how far!


In Europe, an average of a third of parliamentarians are women, and only 13% in Hungary. In Hungary, men live on average 7 years less than women, while in Europe the difference is on average 5 years. What does the EURI index say about Hungary?

The indicator was developed by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) European Knowledge Center on a scale from 1 to 100 Show itHow EU member states are working on gender equality, with one in perfect inequality and one in 100 It means complete equality between the sexes.

The EIGE index covers 6 main areas: work, money, knowledge, time spent on care, positions of authority, and health. It doesn’t make a difference Between men and women: Focuses exclusively on the gender gap. Thus, the end result may be lower (i.e., more negative) in that some women are more distinguished and men are more distinguished in some areas.

The original objective of the Gender Equality Index was to create a decision-making tool in the European Union. As such, it has been found to be able to measure progress as accurately as possible in relation to the equality goals set by the European Union. Thus, the index scores are weighted according to the degree of development of the country. Thus, a final score between 1 and 100 reflects the development or decline of member states.

But what do this year’s numbers say about Hungary?

We were the second worst performing country in 4 years. In 2013 (at the beginning of the index’s publication), Hungary was the fifth worst performing country in the European Union. But since 2017 Only Greece does worse than us when it comes to gender equality. In the four years from 2013 to 2017, we were outperformed by Croatia, Romania and Cyprus as well.

Hungary has achieved the best performance in the field of health. Here we are a little behind the EU average, by just 1.2 points. This year’s indicators show:

Hungarians have less harmful emotions than the average European.

According to the survey, the average European woman is 4% more likely, while the average European man is 7% more likely to drink or smoke than a Hungarian. In the declining Midwest, Belgium has 8% more women and 9% more men living with any of the harmful feelings.

We are also better than the Western average in terms of the number of people receiving dental care: only 3 out of every hundred people are left out of dental care even though they need it. This is exactly one person below the European average. But in general medical care, the situation is reversed. Here, six out of every 100 Hungarians needing medical care are left out of treatment, and the European average is exactly half that.

EIG This year’s report It also highlights:

Hungary was the only EU member state to have suspended the possibility of surgical abortion during the pandemic.

In terms of the distribution of positions of power, however, Hungary is in the worst standing position. This year, we scored just 20.6 out of 100, compared to the EU average of 51.6. What does this mean in practice?

For example, while in other European Member States, on average, a third of parliamentarians (33%) are women, in Hungary only Just over a tenth of them (13%) az. However, it is interesting that the number of women in government has increased significantly in the past two years: two years ago, only 7% of ministers were women, today they are 20%. (In practical terms, all this means that Katalin Novak and Judith Varga were among the ministers.)

This percentage is not only in politics – and therefore significantly in the current ruling party Contact method But it is also a feature of the economy as a whole.

Only 14% of members of the supervisory boards of the largest companies are women in Hungary, compared to the EU average of 30%.

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The EIGE Energy Index is the only factor with respect to Hungary that has shown a decline over the past 10 years. We are now at the bottom of the ranking, while in 2013 even Cyprus, Malta, Estonia and Lithuania were behind us.

The biggest advance is The economic status of women and men the difference between Knowledge, ie Hungary has achieved in the field of education and gender segregation. In the first case, we achieved an increase of 2.5 points and in the second, 2.7 points over the past 10 years. In the latter case, the equilibrium language tends more towards women: in Hungary, women graduate 4% more than men.

Tamas Zeeman – Poglarka Riddle