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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.

EU flagship Project European Year Of Volunteering 2011

Encouraging and Strengthening Interaction between Volunteers and Society in Active citizenship and the creation of improved structures

The National Council of Women (NCW), together with the Commission on Domestic Violence, Nature Trust Malta and the National Youth Council, are currently implementing a project aimed at strengthening the voluntary sector in Malta.

Volunteering forms an important and necessary part of any society and the project aims at encouraging greater participation of the general population in voluntary organisations. More specifically, in line with the main objectives outlined by the EU during this year of volunteering, the project will encourage and support the efforts of all voluntary organisations and individual volunteers through the exchange of good practices. This will be done through a series of meetings and encounters with all stakeholders in order to put across a plan of action for the EU and local authorities to engage citizens further in the voluntary sector. These meetings will enable those present to discuss and exchange experiences and good practices in the voluntary sector to increase the visibility and importance of volunteering in Maltese society. In this way, it will help to create the necessary environment conducive to volunteering in Malta.

The project also aims at anchoring volunteering in civil society participation that would encourage more individuals to volunteer by engaging a wider group of stakeholders such as employers and other employment-related entities in order to foster a sense of civic duty and recognition of skills and time spent by participants in the voluntary arena. Further, a research exercise will be undertaken on volunteering in Malta through interviews and questionnaires to better understand what constitutes a conducive environment for voluntary organisations and their volunteers in Malta. A toolkit for youth between the age of 13 and 18 and the retired population will be produced to encourage their full participation in civic society through volunteering and thus foster a sense of belonging and commitment by citizens towards Maltese society. The project will propose, through dialogue and information-sharing, that entities recognise the value of volunteering in order to encourage appropriate incentives for individuals, companies and volunteering organisations for enhanced participation by the general population. Through the involvement of employers' organisations and trade unions, it is hoped that volunteering is promoted within private organisations and discussions are triggered with the aim of recognising skills obtained through volunteering as an effective manner of participation in civic society.

Furthermore, the project will empower organisers of voluntary activities to improve the quality of volunteering and encourage networking, mobility, cooperation and synergies to implement new types of volunteering and thus address existing obstacles to quality volunteering. Ultimately, the project will contribute to gaining recognition at government level by policy makers, including the formal and non formal education, and employer recognition for skills and competences developed through volunteering. Finally, the project's ultimate aim is to increase the visibility of volunteering in Malta in conjunction with the Commission and the Council for Volunteering.

The first of four meetings was held on the 28th June 2011 with voluntary organisations and volunteers active in Malta. Aimed at gathering information on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing the voluntary sector in Malta today, participants shared their experiences and best practices. This meeting lay the foundations for the subsequent meetings in order to enable the project partners to devise a strategic plan of action to enhance the voluntary sector.

This one year project will come to an end in February 2012 and will culminate in a final conference which will disseminate and distribute the project's outputs and promote further active citizenship for the population at large. The issues outlined through the different meetings and research carried out will form the basis of the conference discussion in order to propose a way forward for the volunteering sector in Malta.

 

Grace Attard

President

National Council of Women

 

 

 
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