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Resolutions approved during the successive Annual General Meetings
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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’
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.
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.
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.
 

NCW Logo The National Council of Women of Malta was founded in 1964. It is a non-governmental organization comprising individual members and national organizations  The National Council of Women provides a forum for women of different backgrounds and experiences to come together as individuals and as representatives of affiliated organizations, to exchange information and ideas, formulate policy, educate and promote change READ MORE

 

 

 

 

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Dear Friends,
As I write these few words in the comfort of my home with cooling appliances on, whilst the outside is sizzling, I cannot but think about those who do not have the same luxury or should I perhaps say even a basic requirement to live decently. These kind of thoughts also bug me in winter, when I am in a warm bed away from the cold and safe in a home. I have recently attended the launch of the government website entitled HUMAN LIKE YOU, dealing with trafficking of persons- modern day slavery. Read More
  
  
  
 

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 Weight Management Programme at the National Council of Women Centre starting

Morning Sessions: Tuesday 14th January 2020  at 9.30

Evening Sessions: Wednesday 15th January 2020 at 6.00pm

 

The National Council of Women in collaboration with the department for Primary Health Care are organising a Weight Management Programme to help overweight and obese individuals lose weight, prevent weight regain and avoid further weight gain for life.

The programme consists of eleven sessions of 2 hours duration each. Here, various topics relating to healthy nutrition and weight loss are presented and discussions take place in a group setting.

During each session, anthropometric measurements ( weight and waist circumference) are talken for each participant in private at the beginning of the session. Individual progress is reported to enable the facilator to monitor outcomes and advice accordingly. Handouts and printed material are distributed during sessions. Participants are also encouraged to do moderate intensity physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes five times per week.

Sessions are free of charge. For booking and further information kindly phone on 21248881 or email: ncwmalta@camline.net.mt
First come First served as places are limited.

  
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 Think, Learn and Succeed                                               A Short Digital Entrepreneurship Course

The National Council of Women is please to announce that the forthcoming course on Digital Entrepreneurship will commence on                       Monday 20th January 2020.

For registration and further details please phone NCW Office on 21248881.  The course duration is 20 weeks between 5.30pm and 8.00pm  NCW would like to thank HSBC Foundation for its support.                    

The course is Free of Charge

  
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  Dr Anna Maria Vella was awarded NCW Hon Life Membership lifetime achievement award
  
  
  
  
  Business Course Certificate Award Ceremony
  
  Congratulations to the participants!  
  
  
  
  Malta with lowest increase in salaries among European Union countries
  
 According to Eurostat figures, last year Malta registered the lowest increase in salaries among all European Union countries.
Here you can find Jurgis Didziulis’ video, on Work Life Balance
https://audiovisual.ec.europa.eu/en/video/I-166528?lg=OR
  
  Food Handling Certificate Award Ceremony
  
  

  
  This summer, #SocialRights don’t go on holiday! The United Nations reported this month that more than 800 women die every day from complications due to giving birth, mostly for the lack of healthcare support. “For far too many families, the sheer costs of childbirth can be catastrophic.” Healthcare for all is a social right! @socialeurope https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/06/1039671
 
The European Semester recommendations, published in early June, emphasised once more that the gender employment gap in Malta remains the largest in the European Union and that women’s participation in the labour markers drops in their mid-thirties. More needs to be done in our country to ensure safe and equal treatment for everyone. #SocialRights @socialeurope
https://ec.europa.eu/info/publications/2019-european-semester-country-specific-recommendations-council-recommendations_en
 
Below you will find the latest news on social rights around Europe:
 
·         11 June: Majority of minimum wage earners are women - A study by the Eurofound agency reported that the majority of those earning the minimum wage or less in Malta are women, reported Times of Malta yesterday. The annual minimum wages review revealed that 73% of those earning “less than 90% of the minimum wage” were women. This was the second-highest number in Europe. According to the agency the differences reflect certain situations such as conditions in specific contracts and age limits, but, did not exclude there could exist cases of “non-compliance with the law”. The data showed that women made up 47% of those found to be earning 90 to 110% of the minimum wage, while 41% earned above 110%. Eurofound said the hourly rate of Malta’s minimum wage went up from €4.25 last year, to €4.33 in 2019. © European Union, 2019 / Source: European Commission
 
·         Discover EU: 20,000 more young people get the chance to explore Europe, including 19 Maltese - The Malta Independent reported yesterday that Eu data revealed that 19 of the 74 Maltese who applied for the DiscoverEU travel pass have been approved to receive it. Almost 95,000 young people applied in the third round of new DiscoverEU initiative for youth and approximately 20,000 18-year-old Europeans have now been selected to receive the DiscoverEU travel pass which is valid between 1 August 2019 and 31 January 2020 for up to 30 days. The European Parliament has approved €16 million for DiscoverEU for 2019 and the Commission is planning to launch the next application round before the end of 2019 as part of the future Erasmus programme under the EU's next long-term budget for 2021-2027. .- © European Union, 2019 / Source: European Commission
 
Events:
·         27 June (Warsaw) -Discrimination in the workplace: How to put reasonable accommodation into practice - 
https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=88&eventsId=1437&furtherEvents=yes
·         27 June (Brussels) - Conference: Bringing the long-term unemployed back into work. -  https://ec.europa.eu/esf/transnationality/content/conference-bringing-long-term-unemployed-back-work-27-june-2019-brussels-0
  
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 Miriam Dalli

Miriam Dalli                   The former ONE journalist moved from the PL’s media arm into electoral politics in 2014, becoming the third MEP elected with a total of 37,533 votes.
She focused her work within the European Parliament on drafting legislation related to cutting vehicle emissions and providing millions in aid to member states to handle irregular migration.
Dr Dalli was named Malta’s most influential MEP by VoteWatch, with Politico naming her one of 28 people most likely to leave their mark in 2019

Roberta Metsola

A lawyer by profession, Dr Metsola worked in Brussels with Malta’s permanent representation to the EU before entering politics.
She first joined the European Parliament in 2013, filling a seat vacated by Simon Busuttil through a casual election.
One year later, she was elected to a full term as MEP with 38,442 votes on the 16th count.
Earlier this year, an EU ranking site named her one of the most active MEPs within the parliament.
Dr Metsola’s strong showing in the 2019 election confirms survey predictions, which had her down as the PN’s leading candidate and a lock-in for an MEP seat.

Josianne Cutajar

Josianne Cutajar.

Also a lawyer, Dr Cutajar becomes the first Gozitan to be elected an MEP, having risen from relative obscurity as a Nadur councillor to become Malta’s youngest MEP.
As well as her council work, Dr Cutajar has worked within the PL’s women’s wing Nisa Laburisti, within the Office of the Prime Minister as a legal coordinator and served as a director for Gozo Channel.
She focused her campaign on social equality and Gozo-centric issues.

  
  

May 6: Lowest unemployment level since September 2008.

According to Eurostat, in March, the level of unemployment in the eurozone was 7.7%, which is 0.1% less than in February and 0.8% less than in March 2018, Večer reports. The level of unemployment from March 2019 is the lowest since September 2008. In March, there were 12.63 million unemployed people in the eurozone and 15.91 million in the EU. When it comes to the EU, the level of unemployment (6.4% in March 2019) dropped by 0.1% at the monthly level and by 0.6% at the annual level. © European Union, 2019 / Source: European Commission

 

 May 17: Article by President Juncker: "Voting counts"

Lesoir.be publishes an article by President Juncker in which he urges EU citizens to cast a vote. He regrets that the European Parliament suffers from voters not showing up. He explains that in all EU member states, there will be candidates stating that Europe is not the answer and that Europe encroaches on the national identities. President Juncker does not believe this is true. In many areas, Europe can achieve more than each member state on its own. He calls for unison instead of division, recalling that Europe is a story of shared values, of 120,000 volunteers in the European Solidarity Corps, of Polish firefighters helping the Swedes combat forest fires, of 30,000 youngsters discovering the EU with an Interrail pass. On 26 May, we are Europe. We have our future in our own hands. © European Union, 2019 / Source: European Commission

  
  
  

23-26 May 2019

The next European elections take place on 23-26 May 2019 giving all adult EU citizens the
opportunity to select who will represent them in the European Parliament. Help shape Europe’s future and vote!

The last European elections in 2014 were the largest transnational elections ever held at the same time. This time the stakes are even higher. By voting, you help decide what kind of Europe we have in the years to come.

The European elections in May 2019 will have a direct impact on your life. They will decide how Europe will act in the coming years to address your concerns about jobs, business, security, migration and climate change.

Because Europe belongs to all of us, we should all take these decisions together. So it’s not only important that you vote, but also your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues. When everybody votes, everybody wins.


Vote for women!

  
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 European Pillar of Social Rights

Today we commit ourselves to a set of 20 principles and rights. From the right to fair wages to the right to health care; from lifelong learning, a better work-life balance and gender equality to minimum income: with the European Pillar of Social Rights, the EU stands up for the rights of its citizens in a fast-changing world.

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  The National Council of Women invited Mr Steve Tendon, who is a prominent Blockchain Strategist and Advisor, he also  founded and was the first Chairman of the Blockchain Malta Association, to give a talk about  Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies on Tuesday 4th December 2018.  The talk was very well attended and participants were eager to learn about this new technology. NCW would like to thank Mr. Steve Tendon for his very interesting and enlightening lecture.
  
 

Events: Photocompetition-Social Europe
https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=89&langId=en&newsId=9291&furtherNews=yes

News: An  agreement on transparent and predictable working conditions
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-19-873_en.htm

Videos: Moving within Europe - Which country is responsible for your social security rights? http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?sitelang=en&ref=I162623

Moving within Europe - Which country will pay my old-age pension?http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?sitelang=en&ref=I166644
  
  
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Elimination of Violence against Women - 16 Days of Activism
Elimination of violence against women – 16 Days of Activism. You too can do something about it! The 25th of November is the kick off date for the annual international campaign of 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence. It starts on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and runs till the 10th of December, Human Rights Day .
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.
 
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