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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.

19/02/2019 - Post for February
 
1. Equality, for everyone, no matter the gender, the religion, the sexual orientation or the colour of the skin. That’s what the European Pillar of #SocialRights states! 2. Defended by the third principle of the European Pillar #SocialRights, equality is a priority for us at NCW. Help us share the importance message of the European Pillar of Social Rights!
 
06/02/2019 - single use plastics factsheet
 
The European Commission adopted the world’s first comprehensive Plastics Strategy in January 2018. In May 2018 we propose new laws to tackle the 10 most found plastic waste items on Europe’s beaches as well as fishing gear. The 10 most found Single Use Plastic items on European beaches account for 43% of total marine litter Fishing gear represents an additional 27% of all marine litter The Commission is taking action in these two areas, which represent 70% of all marine litter found on Europe’s beaches
 
05/02/2019 - 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.
 
05/02/2019 - 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.
 
05/02/2019 - 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.
 
05/02/2019 - 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.
 
05/02/2019 - 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.
 
30/01/2019 - 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
 
30/01/2019 - Work-life Balance
 
Better work-life balance for EU citizens: Presidency reaches provisional agreement with the European Parliament
 
16/03/2017 - International Women’s Day 2017 - Be bold for change
 
International Women’s Day 2017 - Be bold for change March 8th has become synonymous with the celebration of International Women’s Day, a day established as such by the United Nations in 1975. The first marches for Women’s rights can however be traced back to 1908 when 15,000 women marched in New York City demanding better working hours, pay and having voting rights like men. Although the marches and celebrations started at the turn of the 20thCentury , it took nearly 70 years for the realization that something concrete must be done to start the uphill climb of gender equality. Today more than 45 years later from that day, themes for IWD remain basically the same, with many predicting that full gender equality will not be achieved before another 170 years, and although the intentions to move to gender equality are present, yet a regression to 2008 levels has been registered in several countries. Can businesses and politics afford to wait that long to reap the benefits of gender equality in leadership positions.
 
14/09/2015 - NCW IVF Press Release
 
The National Council of Women is very concerned with the arbitrary way in which the Prime Minister has expressed himself, imposing his opinion on the future of Embryo Protection Act, which not only reflects lack of scientific knowledge but also indiscriminately ignoring the right to life of the unborn child. Such a position coming from the PM himself is unprecedented.
 
11/09/2014 - Pensions reform for women – what options?!
 
Over the last years, pensions reform discussions have been high on the National Agenda, but little has been done, creating ripples only to subside once more, notwithstanding the number of reports published by constituted bodies and organisations, giving their recommendations.
 
06/08/2012 - 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.
 
18/06/2012 - A day in the life of a father…
 
“ I really enjoyed spending a day at a kindergarten, doing things I am not really familiar with. Working with children is very satisfying although difficult at times” These words express the feelings of a father who participated in an EU project on ‘Men Care’
 
23/05/2012 - Directive on self-employed workers and their partners
 
The National Council of Women (NCW) has called for the introduction of the necessary measures to ensure the implementation of the EU directive on self-employed workers and assisting spouses who will enjoy better social protection, including the right to maternity leave for the first time.
 
14/04/2012 - NCW Position on Alternatives to IVF Treatment
 
The National Council of Women has been following developments, particularly in the Parliamentary Social Issues Committee, regarding proposals for legislation on IVF treatment. NCW is aware that the general public is not adequately informed of the legal, ethical and scientific implications of Embryo Freezing, due also to the lack of balanced information (often manipulative) in the Media.
 
08/03/2012 - NCW International Women’s Day Message
 
The National Council of Women strongly believes that more women in political decision-making posts is key to adequately dealing with economic, social, legal and political issues related to lack of gender equality. In its message for International Women’s Day 2012 and in view of the forthcoming General Elections, NCW Malta urges political parties to rethink their strategies and adopt action plans for recruiting an equal number of women & men as candidates for ‘winnable seats’ and in general, for making party politics more inclusive.
 
19/07/2011 - The Contribution of the National Council of Women on the Divorce Bill in Committee stage (13 .07.2
 
NCW calls for careful study of implications in current divorce bill The divorce bill is in a very sensitive phase and a number of issues need to be addressed to reduce difficulties and hardship for all parties, including children that will otherwise arise when it is enacted and implemented. The National Council of Women calls on the members of the Committee that is currently studying the bill to look into these issues and others and address them, before the final law is enacted, when it goes before Parliament in the coming days.
 
11/03/2011 - Economic crisis casts a shadow over Women's Day celebrations
 
Vital services cut by savings measures EU citizens are battling to maintain their standard of living in the face of the economic crisis, cuts and austerity measures. Women are hit twice over: not only do cuts in public spending affect sectors which employ many women, but austerity measures also undermine the services they depend on.
 
05/03/2011 - Il-Jum Internazzjonali tal-Mara – Mitt sena wara
 
Il-Kunsill Nazzjonali tan-Nisa, NCW jsellem lin-nisa qalbiena madwar id-dinja kollha li matul dawn il-mit sena kellhom vizzjoni ta’ fejn ghandha tasal li minkejja r-rezistenza u tbatija irnexxiehom ifasslu t-triq li twassal ghall-ugwaljanza bejn l-irgiel u n-nisa.
 
23/02/2011 - NSO/NCW Survey: Obstacles to the Participation of Women in Decision-Making Positions
 
This survey was carried out by the National Statistics Office on behalf of the National Council of Women in collaboration with NCW Vice-President Grace Attard. It was conducted amongst a sample of 1,432 persons aged 18 and over, of which 1,004 or 82.6 per cent accepted to respond. Of the respondents, 51.0 per cent were women and 49.5 per cent were gainfully occupied. The questionnaire covered a number of topics relating to women in the work-place, such as prospects for promotion and obstacles in being promoted, as well as opinions on the balance of men and women in parliament and local councils.
 
30/12/2010 - National Council of Women deplores decision of Council of Ministers on Maternity Leave
 
The National Council of Women deplores the negative vote leading to the defeat of the proposed directive on the extension of maternity leave by the Council of Ministers. Once again this shows that monetary priorities come before the health and safety of working mothers and their newborn child as well as the demographic deficit and related fertility rates which are nose-diving all over Europe and which are counter to economic growth.
 
02/11/2009 - Measures to address the financial crisis must not have adverse effects on women
 
The National Council of Women notes that the Pre-Budget 2010 Consultation document while seeking to avoid economic pitfalls, is aiming at sustaining the health and social systems in an attempt to build stability – indeed not an easy task in the current circumstances
 
29/09/2009 - Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF)
 
Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF) CHOGM 2009 “Partnering for a More Equitable and Sustainable Future” Malta’s Consultation Monday 8th June 2009 at the Royal Hall, The Palace Sliema The Consultation in Malta was organized by the National Council of Women Malta with the support of the Commonwealth Foundation.
 
24/08/2009 - Partnering for a More Equitable and Sustainable Future”
 
CHOGM 2009 Commonwealth People's Forum (CPF) “Partnering for a More Equitable and Sustainable Future”
 
06/07/2009 - EMPOWERING CIVIL SOCIETY TO ENGAGE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS
 
The Commonwealth Foundation is a lead player when it comes to democracy and civil society, even if some of its members are not. The achievements of the Commonwealth demonstrates this and its experience in this field is of value to the whole world.
 
06/07/2009 - Commonwealth People’s Forum has now become an integral part of every CHOGM,
 
Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Attard Pirotta - Presentation The Commonwealth People’s Forum has now become an integral part of every CHOGM, 12 years since its inception it continues to be relevant in voicing the concerns, opinion and aspirations of civil society and this is precisely why governments value dialogue with the Commonwealth Peoples Forum. By its very nature, the Commonwealth Peoples Forum is very well placed to transmit and bring to the fore the issues and concerns of our citizens as they evolve over time. The Commonwealth Peoples Forum is therefore a dynamic medium and effective instrument at the Commonwealth disposal.
 
06/07/2009 - Tackling the Gender Pay Gap
 
Earlier this year (March 2009), The European Commission launched an EU-wide campaign to help tackle the gender pay gap. Across the EU economy, women earn on average 17.4% less than men. The simple concept of ‘equal pay for work of equal value’ was at the heart of the campaign being launched in the context of International Women’s Day on 8 March to raise awareness of the pay gap, its causes, and how to tackle it.
 
16/03/2009 - EU Launches Campaign to Tackle Gender Pay Gap
 
The European Commission has today launched an EU-wide campaign to help tackle the gender pay gap. Across the EU economy, women earn on average 17.4% less than men. The simple concept of 'equal pay for work of equal value' is at the heart of the campaign being launched in the context of International Women's Day on 8 March to raise awareness of the pay gap, its causes, and how to tackle it.
 
04/03/2009 - The Portrayal of Women in Advertising
 
NCW takes note of the EC Treaty, in particular Articles 2, 3(2) and 152 and of the Community acquis in the field of women's rights and gender equality, of the Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing on 15 September 1995 and its resolution of 18 May 2000 on the follow-up to the Beijing Platform for Action ,
 
 
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