Denmark is high on the equality index for 2022, but there are also some shortcomings

is again one of the best performing EU nations in the 2022 Gender Equality Index published by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), only after , although there has been no noticeable improvement since last year.

With a score of 77.8 out of 100, it finished well above the EU average (68.6), but well below its neighbors (83.9).

The , Finland and completed the top five, while was at the bottom (53.4), just ahead of and .

Click to access the full report here.

The effect of the pandemic
EIGE chief Carlien Scheele warns that countries’ scores have not seen such a drop in scores since 2010, but admits the pandemic is partly to blame.

“This requires urgent investigation, as our findings show that specific groups of people, who tend to be in more vulnerable situations in times of , are most at risk. It is clear that stark gender inequalities are exacerbating the problem.”

Among the specific groups, the report clarified, are women with disabilities, elderly women, young women struggling to find employment, and female migrants.

Danish men are less likely to pull their weight with childcare
Denmark scored well on five of the six parameters – health, , money, time and power – but suffered a setback in the knowledge category: a drop of 1.7 percentage points compared to the previous report and a drop of 3.9 in compared to 2010. The pandemic made it harder for some women to balance studies with other responsibilities, the report concluded.

And it might surprise some to learn that childcare responsibilities in Denmark are anything but balanced, according to the index, as there is a difference of 11 percentage points in favor of women spending at least an hour a day looking after children aged 0-12 years. and a gap of 13 pp compared to children aged 12-17.

Denmark was the second worst and worst in the EU, respectively, with mothers more likely to care for their children than fathers, although the EU averages (90 and 86 per cent for 0-12; 78 and 77 for 12-17) were very high.

Danish women will probably be exposed to psychological violence
Among the report’s other findings regarding Denmark, an index-high 60 percent of women in Denmark (together with ) report experiencing some form of psychological violence.

On a more positive note, Denmark had the third best score (80.2) for engagement in social activities such as sports, culture, leisure, voluntary or charitable activities.

And it also placed in the top five for having a representation of close to 40 percent on company boards and in the Danish Parliament.

Source: The Nordic Page


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