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Elimination of Violence against Women - 16 Days of Activism
Elimination of violence against women – 16 Days of Activism. You too can do something about it! The 25th of November is the kick off date for the annual international campaign of 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence. It starts on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and runs till the 10th of December, Human Rights Day .
Human dignity should be respected at all times.
The National Council of Women would like to express its concern about the video posted online portraying men pelting a woman with eggs during a stag party. Human dignity should be respected at all times. As a society, we should condemn any type of abuse even if this is done by consent for financial gain.
OSCE/ODIHR anti-trafficking survey for survivors of trafficking in human beings
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has received numerous responses and has decided to extend the submission due date for the survey of survivors of human trafficking to Monday 26 August 2019.
On 2 July, the Joint Liaison Task Force Migrant Smuggling and Trafficking in Human Beings (JLT-MS) was launched at Europol. This new operational platform will allow liaison officers from all EU Member States to step up the fight against constantly adapting criminal networks.
Malta is EU country with highest rate of tertiary education graduates in employment
A report in the Independent states that Malta stood above the EU average in 2018 when it came to the employment rate of graduates aged 20-34 who had attained a tertiary level education within the previous three years,
European Commission
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.

NCW AGM 2013 appeals to women and to all society, to support and vote for women at the forthcoming General Elections

At its Annual General Meeting, the National Council of Women held on Saturday 26thJanuary, 2013 at the Victoria Hotel, Sliema, called for serious commitment by all stakeholders for an integrated approach towards a realistic gender balance in political and economic top posts and R&D. This is crucial for Malta’s economic growth and the creation of new jobs to counter the impact of the vulnerable economic and social situations in the EU and its neighbouring countries.

During the lively discussion on forward-looking resolutions, the President appealed to women, indeed to all society, to support and vote for women at the forthcoming general elections as more women parliamentarians are needed to ensure that decisions taken will have a wider perspective – the gender perspective. The President spoke about the Council’s ‘Vote for Women’ Campaign which is in line with other initiatives taken over the past 48 years and that over the last few years have been taken by political parties in appointing women in Party key positions. NCW will be holding a Press Conference with the presence of female candidates from all political parties at Europa House on Monday 18 February between 10.00am and 12 noon

President Mary Gaerty spoke about the Council’s work throughout this year and its increased initiatives in research and policy for successive national budgets as well as EU projects promoting female entrepreneurship and the implementation of the new EU Directive on Trafficking of Human Beings. She highlighted the need for more family-friendly measures that address the real needs faced by parents and children, so that both parents can work and share family responsibilities. This should no longer be perceived as a burden but a way of contributing to the economy and enjoying family life at the same time

Lifelong learning must continue to offer a wider choice of courses in line with the needs of business today; the skills obtained during one’s life experience should be recognised together with formal vocational qualifications. Regular employment should be made more financially attractive, while measures to eliminate undeclared and precarious work need to be stepped up. Mary Gaerty thanked the Executive Committee members and NCW members who contributed in various ways throughout the year, so that the Council will continue to grow. The Council celebrates its 50th anniversary in February 2014, in the meantime preparations are under way.

Several resolutions were put forward discussed and approved, these being the Importance of Gender Balance in Research, Science and Technology; the Involvement and Participation of Older People in Society; A National Framework for the setting up of Social Enterprise; the follow up of the EU Year of Active Ageing; the EU Year of Citizens 2013; Active Labour Market Policies; Towards Consumers Education and Empowerment in Malta; Women Asylum Seekers - Dignity and Work; National legislation in line with the CoE Convention on Violence against Girls and Young Women; Normalising Childbirth and the Importance of breastfeeding; Adequate programmes on Gender Equality in the curriculum and The role of Women in Climate Change.

The AGM was presented with the draft NCW Electoral 12 proposals to be presented to all political parties in the coming days. The Council is currently studying the recent proposal for an EU Directive on improving the gender balance among non-executive directors of companies listed on stock exchanges and related measures, which will be one of its priorities in its electoral proposals. Increased transparency during the recruitment process will ensure the widest range of candidates, as well as the value of diverse thinking on a board.

The Assembly unanimously approved NCW Honorary Life Membership on Gertrude Abela, President of the Breast Care Support Group Europa Donna Malta, for her outstanding initiatives in creating awareness on breast cancer, offering emotional support and assisting women throughout – from diagnosis through operations and therapy and actively helping these women to regain their self-esteem and their feminine beauty as cancer victims and survivors .

The Executive Committee Members for 2013 are President Mary Gaerty, 1st Vice President Grace Attard MQR, and Vice-Presidents Pauline Azzopardi and Dr. Roselyn Borg.

Doris Bingley, Hon Secretary General, Hon Treasurer, Nadyanne Mangion. Members of the Executive Committee are Tamara Gauci, Therese Cassola, Isabelle Camilleri, Mercedes Schembri Wismayer, Maria Stivala, Judith Debono, Doreen Micallef, Priscilla Muscat, Diane Xuereb, Mary Rose Zahra and Dr Claudine Zarb, NCW Legal Advisor 

Mary Gaerty

President NCW

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