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Resolutions approved during the successive Annual General Meetings
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.

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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 Ladies, dear Friends

Its Easter already, my goodness time is just flying by and with the increasing workload one finds oneself looking for these dates- Christmas, Easter, Santa Marija, beginning of scholastic year for our educational programme and again Christmas. Obviously in between loads and loads of work including conferences, meetings, reports and a thousand other things. Everyone keeps saying how very busy they are!! But  people find time to stroll, to meet friends for a chat, to meet up for a coffee or lunches and that is comforting. At least direct human communication is still part of our lives and we feel the need to meet in person not just virtually. Digitalisation however is an important aspect in  our lives and if we fail to grab this concept  or remain on the border, not becoming interested to learn, we will risk losing out on a number of daily necessities, such as banking, shopping, news, contact with family members and friends who live in other countries, jobs  and other daily requirements. Read More

 

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Certificate Award Ceremony

Getting Started: Start your own Business Course

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 18 th June 2019  in  San Anton Palace

 

 
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 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 

 
  
  

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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Get Started: Start your own Business
A project co- funded by MCCF
 


I was fortunate enough to be engaged as one of the course trainers in the Get Started program, an innovative project organised by the National Council of Women with the strong support of the Malta Community Chest Fund. Its’ target is to offer personal development and growth support for women who wish to embark into the business world with an emphasis on social enterprise. It aims to generate and develop business ideas into Start-ups.

I say fortunate because I had the opportunity to meet, for the second intake of the course, a group of enthusiastic women from diverse backgrounds and different nationalities with a strong desire to embark into the business world and even into voluntary social enterprise.

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The  NCW Executive Committee for 2019 include President Mary Gaerty, Hon. General Secretary Doris Bingley, Vice Presidents: Grace Attard, Amy Camilleri Zahra, Diane Xuereb, , Hon.Treasurer Therese Cassola, Members: Jacqueline Giordmania, Mary Buttigieg Said, Doreen Borg Zammit, Gertrude Abela, Josette Barbara Cardona, Lara Gail Dougall, Doris Caruana, Rebecca Wellman, Mandy Mifsud,  Nadyanne Mangion, Dr Claudine Zarb, NCW Legal Advisor and Marie Demicoli Office Secretary.

 

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 NCW's President message for AGM 
  
 Annual General Meeting
Saturday 26 January 2019
Victoria Hotel, Gorg Borg Olivier Street, Sliema
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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.  Block chain
  
  
  
 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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 Getting Started: Start your own Business Course  
 Be your own Boss.  
  

 The National Council of Women would like to announce the 2nd course entitled, “Getting Started: Start your own Business”   The course will start on Monday 17th September 2018  from 17.30 till 20.00hrs.  at NCW Learning Centre Pope Pius X11 Flats Mountbatten Street Blata l-Bajda . Lectures will be held twice a week during the evenings.  A certificate of attendance will be given at the end of the course. 

Places are limited

Course is free of charge as it is Part-financed by MCCF

For registration and further information kindly contact NCW Office on 21248881/21246982 or email: ncwmalta@camline.net.mt

 
  
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   The National Council of Women in collaboration with the  Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Employability within the Ministry for Education and Employment are pleased to announce the following courses for the year 2018/2019, which will be held at the National Council of Women Learning Centre in Blata l-Bajda.

There are a few places left for the following courses:

Mathematics  MQF 2 Level every Thursday starting 4th October 2018 (34.94 euro for the whole scholastic year)
English Language SEC Level every Monday starting 1st October 2018 (34.94 euro for the whole scholastic year)
English Language MQF 1 Level every Friday starting 5th October 2018 (34.94 euro for the whole scholastic year)
ECDL Computer Course Morning every Friday starting 5th October 2018 (one place left) (46.59 euro for the whole scholastic year)
ECDL Computer Course Evening every Wednesday starting 3rd October 2018 (46.59 euro for the whole scholastic year)

Courses start in October 2018 and finish in May 2019   

For booking kindly contact NCW Centre on 21248881/99291936   Closing date Saturday 8th September 2018

Maltese as a Foreign Language every Wednesday Starting 3rd October 2018 Fully Booked 
Italian Language MQF 1 Level every Monday starting 1st October 2018 Fully Booked
Spanish Language MQF 1 Level every Wednesday Starting 3rd October 2018 Fully Booked
ICT for Beginners every Tuesday starting 2nd October 2018 Fully Booked

 
  
  
  
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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.
 
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