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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.
NEW TASK FORCE AT EUROPOL TO TARGET THE MOST DANGEROUS CRIMINAL GROUPS INVOLVED IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING
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.

Domestic Violence - Early Detection and Intervention (Date: 10/05/2003)

Domestic Violence – An Approach to Early Detection and Intervention

Domestic Violence is a very serious crime. Statistics show that 2,350 women have sought the services of SWDP since it was set up in 1994 and of Appogg (2001) – that means 300 women every year. The prevention of violence against women and children is a social and political issue and a priority for all levels of Government. It calls for an integrated and comprehensive strategy based on the three Ps:
• Active Prevention of crimes of violence against women and children
• Adequate Provision of support services
• Appropriate legal Protection for women and children who are victims of violence

It is right that the Police, the Criminal Justice System and Social Services, Probation and the voluntary sector should be given the focus on domestic violence, but we also know that the best way of ensuring that we tackle this crime, is through a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary approach and one that is rooted in early intervention. There is the need to build on this approach and to recognize that there are specific areas where a targeted and focused response is required and the Health Service is one of them.

Why the Health Service?
The Health Service has a particular contribution to make. Domestic violence effects health, both physical and mental health and so the Health Service may offer the best contact point with staff that can recognize domestic violence and help those affected by it. Women make use of the Health Service whether for illness injury, family planning, pregnancy and childbirth or in their role as a carer for children or older people. Those who suffer from domestic violence are more likely to suffer poor health; chronic pain, depression and suicide attempts and will be seen by health professionals in routine services. Domestic violence in pregnancy has been associated with foetal distress, poor pregnancy outcome, low birth weight, pre-term labour.

How can the Health Service help?
Health Service professionals should be able to recognize when abuse is occurring and to understand that often for good reasons the woman is reluctant to talk about it. She may be completely unable to talk about it. Even though they consult their GP they conceal their experience of domestic violence. There are very good reasons for this – shame, stigma, fear, fear that their partner might find out that they have told someone or fear that their children may be taken into care or the doctor, nurse, midwife, health professional may seem in a hurry, uninterested, unsympathetic and occasionally even hostile. They may feel embarrassed; the health professional may seem awkward, ill informed and out of their depth.

Training and Intervention
It is clear that if health professionals are to offer services which women who experience domestic violence need, and are entitled to expect, the staff must have two things: a greater understanding of the issues and the competence and the confidence to take appropriate action. If we do not identify domestic violence we are failing some of those who are most vulnerable in our community, women and children. The health professional that intervenes without understanding the complexity of the issues can in fact place the woman at greater risk. The focus is clearly on women, but we recognize that where there is domestic violence against women, abuse towards children and vulnerable adults in the family is also at risk.

Health professionals have responsibilities to do two things: first to ascertain whether domestic violence is a problem. Health professionals should be alerted to the possibility and prepared to ask questions moving from the general to the more specific. Certain injuries should trigger concern, for example, injuries on the face and hands, abdominal injuries and multiple and recurrent injuries.

Secondly, the health professional should be able to take the necessary action, believing the woman and responding to her immediate problems, assessing further risk to her and to her children, if she has children, keeping care records and providing information. In most cases, it is information that women need and not advice and to ensure continuing support and follow-up. Appropriate action can not only deal with the immediate problems which the woman is facing, but also help in the longer term, including provision of evidence for a criminal justice intervention, to prevent repeat abuse to the woman herself or her children.

Moving Forward
We need to create a culture which takes collective responsibility for tackling domestic violence rather than hoping that someone else, somewhere else will do what needs to be done. In Maternity Services and Primary Care we have opportunities to establish a relationship of trust with women. In other setting such as the Emergency Department, staff must be trained to respond to an immediate crisis. Protocols and referral processes should be in place and staff trained and supported in their use.

This is particularly important, as other initiatives which Government is taking, will make it more likely for women to seek help from health professionals. For the strategy to succeed, training is essential. It can be very damaging if, for example a midwife asks a question and does not understand why a woman answers in a particular manner rather than in another. Professional training also enhances the support that health professionals can give within their own community, social and family groups.

We also need to improve the data gathering systems to enable information on domestic violence to be analysed and shared. If we are to begin to plan local services better, we must be able to describe current services, detail how these services are being used and by whom and identify ways in which we need to improve them.

The Health Promotion Department
Health Promotion plays an important role as a mass media education campaign raises awareness of the extent and nature of crimes of violence against women and also looks at why these crimes happen. Campaign material should include pictures of positive images of women and children. A Health Promotion mass media campaign should promote health in its broadest sense that is by promoting the prevention of many health consequences of domestic violence: homicide, serious injuries, injuries during pregnancy, injuries to children, unwanted or early pregnancies, STD including HIV and AIDS. There are also the psychological consequences including suicide, mental health problems, and the effects on children of witnessing violence. Finally there are societal consequences, for example, added health care costs and the effects on productivity and employment.

It is not easy to introduce a social health care model into a hospital setting. This means a whole change of culture within the medical profession, especially within the hospital setting where a change from a medical model of health care to a social model is necessary.

I hope that this quotation from a resource manual will make us all realize the urgency with which we need to move forward.

"I wish I had been asked about what had happened, I was so ashamed, but I really wanted to tell them, they did not ask me though and I did not have the courage to tell them myself. Even though he was not there I lied for him just like I always did. They just gave me some pain killers and sent me home"

Domestic Violence – An Approach to Early Detection and InterventionDomestic Violence is a very serious crime. Statistics show that 2,350 women have sought the services of SWDP since it was set up in 1994 and of Appogg (2001) – that means 300 women every year. The prevention of violence against women and children is a social and political issue and a priority for all levels of Government. It calls for an integrated and comprehensive strategy based on the three Ps:• Active Prevention of crimes of violence against women and children• Adequate Provision of support services• Appropriate legal Protection for women and children who are victims of violenceIt is right that the Police, the Criminal Justice System and Social Services, Probation and the voluntary sector should be given the focus on domestic violence, but we also know that the best way of ensuring that we tackle this crime, is through a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary approach and one that is rooted in early intervention. There is the need to build on this approach and to recognize that there are specific areas where a targeted and focused response is required and the Health Service is one of them.Why the Health Service?The Health Service has a particular contribution to make. Domestic violence effects health, both physical and mental health and so the Health Service may offer the best contact point with staff that can recognize domestic violence and help those affected by it. Women make use of the Health Service whether for illness injury, family planning, pregnancy and childbirth or in their role as a carer for children or older people. Those who suffer from domestic violence are more likely to suffer poor health; chronic pain, depression and suicide attempts and will be seen by health professionals in routine services. Domestic violence in pregnancy has been associated with foetal distress, poor pregnancy outcome, low birth weight, pre-term labour. How can the Health Service help?Health Service professionals should be able to recognize when abuse is occurring and to understand that often for good reasons the woman is reluctant to talk about it. She may be completely unable to talk about it. Even though they consult their GP they conceal their experience of domestic violence. There are very good reasons for this – shame, stigma, fear, fear that their partner might find out that they have told someone or fear that their children may be taken into care or the doctor, nurse, midwife, health professional may seem in a hurry, uninterested, unsympathetic and occasionally even hostile. They may feel embarrassed; the health professional may seem awkward, ill informed and out of their depth.Training and InterventionIt is clear that if health professionals are to offer services which women who experience domestic violence need, and are entitled to expect, the staff must have two things: a greater understanding of the issues and the competence and the confidence to take appropriate action. If we do not identify domestic violence we are failing some of those who are most vulnerable in our community, women and children. The health professional that intervenes without understanding the complexity of the issues can in fact place the woman at greater risk. The focus is clearly on women, but we recognize that where there is domestic violence against women, abuse towards children and vulnerable adults in the family is also at risk.Health professionals have responsibilities to do two things: first to ascertain whether domestic violence is a problem. Health professionals should be alerted to the possibility and prepared to ask questions moving from the general to the more specific. Certain injuries should trigger concern, for example, injuries on the face and hands, abdominal injuries and multiple and recurrent injuries. Secondly, the health professional should be able to take the necessary action, believing the woman and responding to her immediate problems, assessing further risk to her and to her children, if she has children, keeping care records and providing information. In most cases, it is information that women need and not advice and to ensure continuing support and follow-up. Appropriate action can not only deal with the immediate problems which the woman is facing, but also help in the longer term, including provision of evidence for a criminal justice intervention, to prevent repeat abuse to the woman herself or her children.Moving ForwardWe need to create a culture which takes collective responsibility for tackling domestic violence rather than hoping that someone else, somewhere else will do what needs to be done. In Maternity Services and Primary Care we have opportunities to establish a relationship of trust with women. In other setting such as the Emergency Department, staff must be trained to respond to an immediate crisis. Protocols and referral processes should be in place and staff trained and supported in their use. This is particularly important, as other initiatives which Government is taking, will make it more likely for women to seek help from health professionals. For the strategy to succeed, training is essential. It can be very damaging if, for example a midwife asks a question and does not understand why a woman answers in a particular manner rather than in another. Professional training also enhances the support that health professionals can give within their own community, social and family groups.We also need to improve the data gathering systems to enable information on domestic violence to be analysed and shared. If we are to begin to plan local services better, we must be able to describe current services, detail how these services are being used and by whom and identify ways in which we need to improve them.The Health Promotion DepartmentHealth Promotion plays an important role as a mass media education campaign raises awareness of the extent and nature of crimes of violence against women and also looks at why these crimes happen. Campaign material should include pictures of positive images of women and children. A Health Promotion mass media campaign should promote health in its broadest sense that is by promoting the prevention of many health consequences of domestic violence: homicide, serious injuries, injuries during pregnancy, injuries to children, unwanted or early pregnancies, STD including HIV and AIDS. There are also the psychological consequences including suicide, mental health problems, and the effects on children of witnessing violence. Finally there are societal consequences, for example, added health care costs and the effects on productivity and employment. It is not easy to introduce a social health care model into a hospital setting. This means a whole change of culture within the medical profession, especially within the hospital setting where a change from a medical model of health care to a social model is necessary. I hope that this quotation from a resource manual will make us all realize the urgency with which we need to move forward."I wish I had been asked about what had happened, I was so ashamed, but I really wanted to tell them, they did not ask me though and I did not have the courage to tell them myself. Even though he was not there I lied for him just like I always did. They just gave me some pain killers and sent me home"
 
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