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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.
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.


Forthcoming events in aid of the BMV competition

The NCW through its Bice Mizzi Vassallo Music Competition has been sending its prize-winners to music courses abroad. This has been very encouraging for the young music students in Malta who meet their peers abroad,and the Bice Mizzi-Vassallo Competition has become the most prestigious and longest-lived competition in Malta.

The next edition will be held in October 2011 and preparations for it are already well in hand. However funds are running low and the Committe is organising two events in order to meet some of the expenses involved in its organisation.

  • October 15 2010: Concert by the prize-winners of the BMV competition 2009 . The concert presents these winners with an opportunity to showcase their musical talent and have the occasion to demonstrate the skills they may have acquired through their experiences of the music courses they attended in summer 2010. The concert is being held at St James Cavalier on Friday 15th October at 7.30pm. Entrance is by donations of 10 Euro made through one of the members of the Committee or through the NCW office.
  • November 13 2010: A Fund-raising dinner is going to be held at the Victoria Hotel, Sliema at 8pm. The price is 25 euro and includes a buffet menu of pasta, main course selection, dessert, coffee. Early booking is recommended . For booking please forward your details and money to NCW office.

The proceeds from these events will be used to finance future BMV competitions. The costs are numerous and with ever increasing talent in Malta, the committee is also seeking to increase the opportunities and prizes for the prize-winners. So we hope that NCW members as well as all music-lovers in Malta will support the two events:

We are also searching to create a database of teachers and interested candidates interested in news regarding the competition.

We already have a list however this is by no means comprehensive. Therefore if you wish to be included in this database, the committee would appreciate your contact details which may be forwarded to corinnebowman@gmail.com

 BMV Winner 2009

The Hon. Minister Dolores Cristina presenting the 1st Prize Award to Violinist Justin Zarb

 Second Prize winner

The Hon. Minister Dolores Cristina presenting the 2nd Prize award to Pianist Bettina Cassar

 BMV Music Competition3rd pize winner

The Hon. Minister Dolores Cristina presenting the 3rd Prize award to pianist Maria Elena Farrugia

BMV Music Competition

.Violinist Justin Zarb and pianist Bettina Cassar were the two lucky students who last Saturday placed first and second in the finals of the music competition organised by the National Council of Women. Named after Bice Mizzi-Vassallo, a renowned pianist and music teacher, as well as the wife of one of Malta’s Prime Ministers, the Council has been holding this competition uninterruptedly every two years since 1987. Zarb can choose between a summer course at the Lake District and a summer course at the Academy of Music in Vienna. Cassar will get the other option. The third-prize winner was Maria Elena Farrugia who received of a season ticket for concerts organised by the Manoel Theatre Management Committee and a book and CD token worth €100. The other two performers were given IPods that were kindly donated by ICentre.

In her introductory address Corinne Bowman chairperson of the BMV Music Competition thanked the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts that was the principal sponsor of the Competition, as well as Malta International Airport that made available the masterclass in Vienna besides sponsoring the visit of two judges from Vienna who joined the local team for the finals. Other sponsors included the Teatru Manoel, Veritas Press and Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti. The adjudicating panel was chaired by Cynthia Turner and consisted of Sarah Spiteri, Martina Caruana from the Maltese side and Benno Schollum and Eleanor Hope from Vienna..

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