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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.
Date: 03/12/2013

Domestic Violence: Is All that Can Be Done, Being Done?

(International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women )

Year after year a day is dedicated to eliminate violence against women, but year after year more women are being brutally murdered as a result of violence against them , generally by men. This phenomena has not seen any abatement in recent years but an increase has been registered across several countries. The reasons are said to be several , including the classical right of possession and obsession by the man over the woman, but other reasons such as financial jealousy, lack of finances and job losses, alcohol and drug abuse as well as mental health problems , have been attributed to this increase. The list of causes keeps getting longer and longer as does the number of women victims. News briefs report only violence that has resulted in deaths but these are only the tip of the iceberg.

Violence has many forms and which all are devastating to the victim, violence such as psychological abuse that although its action leaves no physical mark on the woman, it leaves her mentally wasted, broken and with no hope unless she is given the care and support required to lift her out of her situation and start believing in herself. The National Council of Women recognises the valid work of the Commission on Domestic Violence and the work and support that is given to the victims and their families through sheltering them and offering all the necessary assistance and psychological help, to assist them to emerge from their trauma. Victims of violence are not from any particular age group or strata of society, as reports of abuse have been recorded from all. Teenage abuse and dating violence on young women has also increased, and this is cause for concern, as this means that although now more victims are reporting their abuse, more people are aware of gender violence , yet still there seems to be lack of detection amongst the younger generation at the early dating stage. Unheeded and unaddressed this problem will escalate until the victim comes face to face with a perpetrator .There is the need for stronger legislation that ensures better protection to victims of violence. Parents and relatives of women who are at risk need to be informed on what action to take as preventive measures. Malta needs to ensure that national legislation is in line with the Council of Europe Convention on Violence Against women in its entirety also where immigrant women are concerned

The victims do not only suffer physically and psychologically but they lose out on possible career advancement due to loss of work days having to stay at home or in hospital nursing inflicted wounds or being psychologically incapable of attending to work. This also causes financial costs and burdens the health , social services and the justice sector through loss of productivity and direct and indirect costs, in many countries around the world.

NCW recommends that young persons are made aware through education about early detection , so that this phenomena will be eradicated. Men and boys must themselves be part of this education and themselves serve as examples for a relationship without any form of abuse or violence. ‘Justice delayed is justice denied’ and victims must have redress soonest after their ordeal and not left for years awaiting justice, and the possibility of repeats by the perpetrator. Education is the root in eliminating this problem and NCW urges the authorities to give this problem the required attention. It is the whole society that must participate to eliminate violence, especially violence against women and girls. Women should be able to live in a violence free society, able to work and in so doing eradicate poverty.

Mary Gaerty,

President, National Council of Women


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