Albania’s score of 60.4 points is slightly below the EU average of 67.4 points. This places the country in 17th place in comparison with the EU countries, Serbia and North Macedonia. In the domain of power, the country's score of 60.9 is higher than the EU average of 51.9. However significant gender inequalities remain, especially when it comes to income disparities, gender segregation in tertiary education, and the sharing of household work
"I would like to congratulate Albania on its first Gender Equality Index, which will enable the country to monitor progress on gender equality. Albania's high score in the domain of power is particularly noteworthy. With a detailed analysis of the state of gender equality in the domains of money, work, power, time, health and knowledge, policymakers can now design tailored responses to remaining gender equality challenges," said Virginija Langbakk, EIGE's Director.
Mario Mariani, Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Albania noted "The EU is strongly committed to promoting gender equality, and women’s and girl's empowerment. Albania has made positive progress in the process of adopting the normative framework for Gender equality in the country. We need to work collectively with the central and local government; civil society and other partners to strengthen evidence-based policy in gender equality and ensure implementation in practice".
Albania's high score in the domain of power places it 6th in comparison with EU countries, Serbia and North Macedonia. The country's high score results from the high representation of women in political and economic bodies. However, when it comes to women’s representation in research, media, and sports bodies, Albania has more work to do.
Albania's highest score is in the domain of health, which has a score of 81.8. This is slightly lower than the EU score of 88.1. The domain of work scores 67.6, which is similar to the EU average. Gender segregation persists in the labour market, with women dominating social services, for example
Albania is the third of the EU candidate countries and potential candidates to develop a Gender Equality Index. Serbia and North Macedonia have already released their own indexes. With more regional indexes available, the Western Balkan countries and Turkey will be able to compare their performance within the region and learn from each other.
EIGE supported the development of the Index for Albania in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, the State Statistical Office, The World Bank, Expertise France and EU Delegation to Albania office.
The Gender Equality Index in Albania was developed under the EU Instrument of Pre-Accession (IPA) and was funded by the European Union.