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On 2 July 2019, Ursula von der Leyen was nominated by the European Council to the position of President of the European Commission; she will be the first women and the first German since Walter Hallstein
Equal opportunities and access to the labour market
1. Education, training and life-long learning Everyone has the right to quality and inclusive education, training and life-long learning in order to maintain and acquire skills that enable them to participate fully in society and manage successfully transitions in the labour market. 2. Gender equality Equality of treatment and opportunities between women and men must be ensured and fostered in all areas, including regarding participation in the labour market, terms and conditions of employment and career progression. Women and men have the right to equal pay for work of equal value.
The gender pay gap in the EU and the European Pillar of #SocialRights
1. The gender pay gap in the EU is 16.2%, that’s 16.2% higher than it should be! Gender equality is the second key principle of the European Pillar of #SocialRights for a reason 2. The European Pillar of #SocialRights supports the right to equal treatment and opportunities regarding employment, social protection, education, and access to goods and services available to the public. Something NCW Malta has supported since its creation!
Gender Equality in the Media Sector
This study was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality. It examines key elements of the European policy agenda pertaining to gender equality in the media sector. It also reviews existing research on women's representation within media content and the media workforce. The study provides analysis of actions to promote gender equality in the media at both EU and Member State levels. Finally, it presents case studies of gender equality in the media sector in four Member States: Austria, Malta, Sweden, and the UK.
Empowering women and girls in media and ICT
On the occasion of the International Women's Day, the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality is holding an inter-parliamentary committee meeting on empowering women and girls in media and ICT. The meeting, which will bring together EU institutional representatives, members of EU national parliaments, experts and stakeholders, will take place on 08 March 2018. The presentation and debates will deal with the topics of women shaping media, empowering women and girls through digital inclusion and women’s movements and advancing equality in the digital age.
Digital healthcare / health insurance
In the view of the EESC, given the digital revolution in the field of health, it is vital to maintain and promote a health insurance system which serves the needs of everyone, and is solidarity-based, inclusive and non-discriminatory. Inclusion and fair access for all to good quality health services (digital or otherwise) and commitment to these are in fact prerequisites for universal health coverage.
Gender equality in European labour markets
In order to improve gender equality in labour markets, the EESC considers it necessary to draw up an integrated and ambitious European strategy to tackle systemic and structural obstacles and lead to adequate policies, measures and EU funding programmes for improving equality between women and men, thus fostering "more equal economic independence of women and men" . This would also contribute to the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
Services to the family
Developing services in private homes in order to achieve a better work-life balance Every family has a home and clothes to maintain, meals to prepare, children to care for, elderly parents or ill or disabled family members who need help. Women often have to work part-time in order to carry out these tasks, missing out on the career for which they have trained or on time they would use for training.
Women and girls digital gender gap
This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the FEMM Committee, attempts to reveal the links between the different factors (access, skills, socio-economic and cultural), which prevent women from having equal access to digital technology. It then suggests ways of dealing with online and offline inequalities to the effect of closing the digital gender gap and improving women’s and girls’ digital inclusion and future technology-related career paths.
Plastics, human health and environmental impacts: The road ahead
Plastics have been with us for more than a century, and by now they’re everywhere, for good and for ill. Plastic containers and coatings help keep food fresh, but they can also leave behind neurotoxins such as BPA in the human body. PVC is used for everything from pipes and flooring to furniture and clothes, but it contains compounds called phthalates that have been implicated in male reproductive disorders. Studies have also shown that childhood exposure to environmental pollutants can have significant negative effects later in life, including reduced labor force participation and even earnings.
European Commission aims to significantly reduce the gender pay gap
The European Commission plans to use a series of measures aimed at significantly reducing the pay gap between men and women over the next five years. The average gender pay gap in the EU currently stands at 18%. To lower this rate, the Commission plans to raise awareness among employers, encourage initiatives to promote gender equality and support the development of tools to measure the gender pay gap.
NCW Annual General Meeting 2019
NCW Annual General Meeting 2019 The Annual General Meeting of the National Council of Women was held on Saturday 26th January 2019, at The Victoria Hotel, Sliema. President Mary Gaerty spoke about the work which the Council has embarked on during 2018. This included pensions, education, violence against women, work and entrepreneurship, work life balance and the challenges faced by women on a daily basis. She also highlighted the fact that the National Council of Women is looking ahead at the constant changes
Work-life Balance
Better work-life balance for EU citizens: Presidency reaches provisional agreement with the European Parliament
The National Council of Women supports the Act to provide protection for human embryos
NCW has always advocated for legislation of alternative IVF treatment not least because of the sensitivity and the consequences for both parents and society if it had to remain unregulated. NCW believes that IVF treatment should be for heterosexuals within a stable family environment The Council has always supported the protection of embryos as the first cell of a human life and, with the development of alternative treatment over the past years this has become possible successfully.
Women on Boards: Vice-President Viviane Reding meets with leaders of Europe's business schools and i
Today, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding met with European Industry Associations, European Business Schools and Senior Executive Women to discuss progress being made on improving the gender balance in company boardrooms.
UfM adopts new project to support women’s empowerment in the Mediterranean
A project aimed at developing women’s empowerment in the Mediterranean through the development of effective field projects and the setting up of networks and platforms, was adopted by Senior Officials of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) at a meeting held last month.
Report of the EuroMed meeting on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society

The second EuroMed ad hoc meeting on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society was organized under the Slovenian Presidency, at the European Commission, Charlemagne, Room Roy Jenkins, Rue de la Loi Brussels on 12 June 2008

Following the first ad hoc meeting of expert senior officials held on 22 October 2007 and aimed at reviewing the first year of implementation of the Istanbul conclusions on “Strengthening the role of women in society in the Euro-Mediterranean partnership, it was proposed to hold 2 such ad hoc committee meetings yearly. The first one was deemed having a specific thematic focus on one of the main objectives of the Istanbul conclusions, whereas the second would aim at reviewing globally the achievements of the EuroMed partners under the three pillars of these conclusions
The theme chosen was: Participation of Women in Political Life in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, (Istanbul conclusions, pillar 1 “Women’s Political and Civil Rights”)
Chair thanked the EESC for its contribution to the meeting in making available a number of opinions that highlight the importance of gender equality in all areas in society
Grace Attard, EESC member of the Euromed follow-up meeting gave a brief presentation on the remit of the EESC
She highlighted the role of the EESC in promoting the role of the EU in promoting gender equality in its external relations, the Istanbul Conclusions through civil society  in the region.
Also highlighted the valid contribution of the Euro-Mediteranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions, with particular reference to the Athens 2007 Summit and the forthcoming Morocco Summit in September 2008
The first part dealt with the participation of women in national, the regional and local political life, the electoral system, quotas and other legislative and administrative measures. The discussion focused on obstacles in implementing such measures which included: the need for relevant changes in legislation, change of culture, in particular in political party measures, measures to ensure that women’s numbers are reflected in the different constituencies, the need to give visibility to women, not least through the media. eliminating stereotypes of both men and women, the need of better co-ordination of NGOs working in the field of women’s rights, educating society at large on the values of female participation in politics  to ensure that measures give positive voting results and strengthening family-friendly measures and reviewing time frames of parliamentary sessions to be more family-friendly
The second part dealt with social, economic and cultural changes.
The discussion and conclusions focused on: Each euromed country to study one aspect of decision-making in political life in their country, take action to bring about change  and report on changes made – 2007-2008, 2009 as a result of their action, Quality education at all levels, for all age groups on gender equality in all areas of society, Integrating the participation of women in political life in other areas that influence women’s access to political life as well as Women in decision-making in Trade Unions, in economic decision-making,  in the judiciary, on government  boards etc, strengthening networks of women and men  in political decision-making, strengthening networks of women’s NGOs, Revising policies regarding positive action measures and /or quotas at national level and political party level, Women in the Media and Internet, equal participation at all levels, portrayal of women, eliminating gender based language and stereotyping, training  for women to participate effectively as media actors
Other areas discussed were: The Euromed dimension to be taken up by the European  Institute for Gender Equality, The newly set up EuroMediterranean University in Slovenia to ensure equal participation of women and men in all areas, in particular in political/social sciences, Ensuring that the debate on the Mediterranean Union  includes gender equality at all levels of decision-making

Grace Attard
EESC member
REX Section
Euromed follow-up Committee

 
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