Equality between women and men is a fundamental value of the European Union (EU), enshrined in its treaties and in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The need for a Gender Equality Index was initially introduced by the European Commission in the Roadmap for Equality between Women and Men 2006–10 and subsequently included in the action plan of its Strategy for Equality between Women and Men 2010–15. The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) undertook the task of constructing a composite indicator that reflects the multi-faceted reality of gender equality and is... specifically tailored towards the policy framework of the EU. It is one of the major assignments in the institute’s mid-term work programme 2010–12. The Gender Equality Index is the result of 3 years of work and the result of a long consultation process with many organisations and stakeholders. It was first presented to the public in a conference in Brussels on 13 June 2013. The Gender Equality Index is a synthetic indicator that measures how far (or close) the EU and its Members States were from achieving complete gender equality in 2010. It will be updated every 2 years.