Gender Equality Index produced for the first time in Montenegro
To achieve gender equality, Montenegro needs to eradicate discriminatory practices, primarily in the domains of power and money
Podgorica, 29 January 2020 – Gender Equality Index was calculated for the first time in Montenegro. In order to close the gap between men and women, the report calls for stronger leadership for institutional transformation, coupled with adequate financial resources. The index values and report findings were launched today at a conference jointly organised by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), EU Delegation to Montenegro, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights, in cooperation with the Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister for Political System, Interior and Foreign Policy of the Government of Montenegro and the National Statistical Office (MONSTAT).
Gender Equality Index was developed by MONSTAT, upon the initiative of the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights. The calculations are based on EIGE methodology, which is used to measure inequalities in EU member states and pre-accession countries. This tool serves to monitor progress in overcoming inequalities in six core domains: work, money, knowledge, time, power, health, and two additional dimensions: violence and intersecting inequalities.
Gordana Radojević, Director of the Statistical Office of Montenegro reminded about the findings: “The Gender Equality Index for Montenegro is 55, while for the EU-28 it is 67.4. Compared to EU-28, Montenegro recorded a lower index value by 12.4 index points. The Index calculation shows that the largest gap is in the domain of Money (lower index value by 20.7 points compared to the EU-28 average), while the smallest gap in Montenegro compared to the EU-28 average is recorded in the domain of Health (lower index value by 1.2 points compared to EU average 28).”
During the panel discussion: “Gender Equality Index: EU accession and the wellbeing of women”, participants discussed the findings in the context of everyday life. Panellists were experts and professionals from domains relevant to the index: Dragana Radević, Director of Institute for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (Money), Sonja Tomović Šundić, professor at the Faculty of Political Science (Knowledge), Miloš Vuković, CEO Fidelity Consulting (Work), Mirjana Ivanović, Advisor to Prime Minister for Media (Time), Mr. Siniša Bjeković, Ombudsman (Power), Jelena Radulović, Sociologist (Health).
Download “Gender Equality Index” Report for Montenegro
The report was produced within the EU-funded project “Support to Anti-discrimination and Gender Equality Policies” implemented by UNDP, in partnership with the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights.
Photo gallery from the event