Topic 5 Gender Equality – Why does it matter?

Economic growth:

  • Gender-equal societies are a foundation for economic growth. Narrowing the gender gap in the EU could result in an extra 10 million jobs and an increase of up to EUR 3.15 trillion in gross domestic product by 2050.
  • EIGE: Advancing work–life balance with EU Funds. A model for integrated gender responsive interventions. 

Women’s and girls’ empowerment is essential to promote social  development. The full participation of women in labour forces would add  percentage points to most national growth rates— double digits in many  cases.

Advancing gender equality is critical to all areas of a healthy society, from  reducing poverty to promoting the health, education, protection and the  well-being of young people of all genders.

UN: Sustainable Development Goals

Gender Equality is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015.