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Resolutions approved during the successive Annual General Meetings
International Women’s Day 2017 - Be bold for change
International Women’s Day 2017 - Be bold for change March 8th has become synonymous with the celebration of International Women’s Day, a day established as such by the United Nations in 1975. The first marches for Women’s rights can however be traced back to 1908 when 15,000 women marched in New York City demanding better working hours, pay and having voting rights like men. Although the marches and celebrations started at the turn of the 20thCentury , it took nearly 70 years for the realization that something concrete must be done to start the uphill climb of gender equality. Today more than 45 years later from that day, themes for IWD remain basically the same, with many predicting that full gender equality will not be achieved before another 170 years, and although the intentions to move to gender equality are present, yet a regression to 2008 levels has been registered in several countries. Can businesses and politics afford to wait that long to reap the benefits of gender equality in leadership positions.
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.
The Maternity Leave Trust Fund – a win-win contribution
The National Council of Women welcomes the introduction of the Maternity Leave Trust Fund, a pool that will contribute to maternity leave of women employed in the private sector. The recent increase of female participation in the labour market, including of those of child bearing age, may not demonstrate that there is gender discrimination dsince the employer is to contributing to the maternity leave compensation, but in actual fact discrimination still exists .
The Right to Life of the Human Embryo - not a Commodity
Three years ago the Embryo Protection Act was enacted. As the name implies this law was specifically drawn to safeguard the rights of a new human being at its most vulnerable stage. Bringing a child into the world is not a right, either to a male or female who wish to become a parent, because in so doing they might be ignoring the rights of the third person in this equation- the child.
NCW Calls for Action on The International Day of the Girl Child 2014
The 11th October is The International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC), a day dedicated to taking stock of the situation of the girl worldwide. Since the United Nations two years ago declared this day as The International Day of the Girl as per resolution 66/170 which reads , “Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights. ”
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.
Free Childcare – A Welcome Initiative
The National Council of Women (NCW) welcomes the announcement by Education Minister Evarist Bartolo, that free childcare shall start being offered as of April this year. This will enable mothers and (fathers) who are working or studying, to avail themselves of free childcare.
Childcare Centres - Are they the only Solution?
The National Council of Women welcomes the document EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & CARE IN MALTA and agrees with it as THE WAY FORWARD. The proposal in the electoral manifesto by the now government to offer childcare for under three year olds , free of charge , can be an incentive to women seeking employment. As per the Barcelona targets (2002) EU member states agreed to : Remove disincentives to female labour force participation and strive, taking into account the demand for childcare facilities and in line with national patterns of provision, to provide childcare by 2010 to at least 90% of children between 3 years old and the mandatory school age and at least 33% of children under 3 years of age.
Domestic Violence: Is All that Can Be Done, Being Done?
Year after year a day is dedicated to eliminate violence against women, but year after year more women are being brutally murdered as a result of violence against them , generally by men. This phenomena has not seen any abatement in recent years but an increase has been registered across several countries. The reasons are said to be several , including the classical right of possession and obsession by the man over the woman, but other reasons such as financial jealousy, lack of finances and job losses, alcohol and drug abuse as well as mental health problems , have been attributed to this increase. The list of causes keeps getting longer and longer as does the number of women victims. News briefs report only violence that has resulted in deaths but these are only the tip of the iceberg.
Maltese Citizenship is not for sale
The National Council of Women categorically states that any form of 'Maltese citizenship' scheme whose only aim is to raise additional revenue immediately should be condemned. Although the secrecy clause has been withdrawn (by the PM and not by Parliament so far) this does very little to change the objective behind the scheme and the way it will be handled by a foreign company. At this stage, the matter deserves a decision to be taken by all Maltese citizens through an abrogative referendum
The challenge of gender imbalance on corporate boards in EU Member States
Addressing the challenge of gender imbalance on company boards is a matter of importance for all Member States. In September 2010, the Commission once again addressed the issue with the adoption of its new Stategy for Equality between women and men (2010-2015). The first steps were taken on 1 March 2011 by Viviane Reding,
NCW congratulates Maltese Women MEPs
The National Council of Women welcomes the news that three women have been elected as MEPs, giving women a 50% presence amongst the six Maltese MEPs.
NCW Message For International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day celebrated on the 8th of March throughout the world has a different significance in the country it is celebrated, as its impact reflects the status of women in that particular country.
Id-determinazzjoni tal-mara li tidhol fil-politika hija qawwija minkejja l-ostakoli li trid tiffacja
L-ghan tal-Konferenza Stampa kien li n-nisa kandidati ghall-Elezzjonijiet Generali ta’ Marzu 2013 jinghataw l-opportunita’ jaqsmu l-idejat, l-aspirazzjonijiet u l-interess taghhom fil-politika mal-pubbliku u kif premezz tal-kontribuzzjoni taghhom, id-decizjonijiet li jittiehdu fil-Parlament Malti jirriflettu perspettiva aktar wiesa  
Budget with a Social and an Entrepreneurial Aspect
The Budget presented by the Minister yesterday reflected the present situation where more social responsibility on the part of the government required an input. The National Council of Women has in the past months attended several pre- budget meetings in order to present to the government the needs of the woman and that of society in general
Proposed Legislation on the Protection of Embryos
The National Council of Women deplores the mixed messages that are being made public on the media on the proposed legislation on the Protection of Embryos, in particular now that it is in its final stages before Parliament.
International Day of the Girl
The United Nations has declared October 11th as “International Day of the Girl” NCW Malta welcomes this decision as this day will promote girls rights, highlight gender inequalities and address the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the globe.
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.
Aung San Suu Kyi - Nobel Peace Prize Winner
On Saturday 17 June Aung San Suu Kyi is officially awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in a 21 year belated ceremony in Oslo Norway. On Thursday 21 June, she addresses the UK Houses of Parliament in Westminster Abbey. Listening to her is an experience that no one should have missed – men or women.
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 approves the agreement on the extension of maternity leave
The National Council of Women (NCW) is pleased to note Government’s successful efforts to reach agreement on the extension of paid maternity leave with the social partners within the MCESD.
NCW japprova l-ftehim dwar l-leave tal-maternita’
Il-Kunsill Nazzjonali tan-Nisa (NCW) jifrah lill-Gvern li bil-hidma tieghu wasal ghal ftehim ma’ l-imsiehba socjali fi hdan l-MCESD dwar l-estenzjoni tal-leave tal-maternita’ bi hlas, li issa se jitla ghal 18-il gimgha,
NCW targeting Youth in Campaign on Domestic Violence
The National Council of Women (NCW) regards families as the backbone of a strong and healthy community and the establishment of loving supportive relationships from a young tender age as being the heart of happy, well functioning families.
Trafficking of women for sexual exploitation….the fight goes on!
The National Council of Women strongly supports and looks forward to the proposed steps to be taken by the Office of the Attorney General and the Malta Police Force to review and propose reforms on current procedures concerning the identification of victims of human trafficking, before the initiation of prosecution proceedings. However, NCW calls for stronger measures to address these issues in a more comprehensive manner
NCW Press Release: New Legislation to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings
On the 14th of December the European Parliament voted with a strong majority in favour of the Directive against trafficking in human beings that the Commission proposed in March 2010. This Directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings, and protecting victims, will replace the Council Framework Decision from 2002.
Proposal for a directive on gender-based violence
Brussels, 16/03/2011 (Agence Europe) - A criminal law instrument in the form of an EU directive against gender-based violence should be put in place. Rape and other sexual violence against women should be recognised as a crime throughout the EU.
Immediate action on domestic violence should be a priority
The National Council of Women is deeply concerned with the court ruling regarding the recent case of domestic violence viewed practically by all the Maltese population.  The law, in its definitions of what constitutes a “household “does not include people who are dating, unless they lived together 'within a year" prior to the offence, which could be interpreted to mean any period of time between one day and twelve months.
Violence in the Home – What action?
The National Council of Women is deeply concerned with the increase of aggressive incidents of violence often resulting in brutal deaths as a result of domestic problems often related to situations of separation between couples, reported regularly in the local media
The Gender Perspective in the EU 2020 Strategy
One of the key targets of the Lisbon Strategy was increasing the participation rate of women in the labour market, which however failed to be reached in specific areas for several reasons.

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Dear NCW Members and friends

I do hope that you had a wonderful Christmas Day shared with your loved ones. As I write this message on Boxing Day, I cannot but think about Christmas Day itself and its meaning. For many of you reading this message, it is a time of sharing, of family gatherings, of exchange of gifts,   but it is also means   loneliness to many others. Let us try to keep the Christmas feeling throughout the year. 

As we approach another New Year we evaluate our gains and losses of the ending year. We are not talking about accounting, well that too, a healthy bank balance gives a sense of security to its owner, but I am thinking about achievements and failures and if we can say hand on heart, if we are enriched persons a year later. The School motto where my daughters  attended school was - EVERY DAY BETTER. Amongst other mottos that have guided me along the years, I have also adopted this motto as a principle. But in truth what is considered as better today and better for me, might be the wrong decision  in the long run. History has proved this to be true for several circumstances and therefore when deciding we must be sure that the decisions we take and stands we uphold, should  be based not only on what we need and want at the particular time, but also what effect  these opinions  will bear on others. There have been several of these issues in the last months, about which there has been even protests, but it seems that those who wish for changes are the ones that shout loudest and are therefore their voices heard and their requests granted. Standing by our values does not make any of us weak because we are afraid of change, on the contrary it depicts us as people with strong principles. Certain things are better left as they are, we will only be a poorer society without them, especially when half  truths are said or no education is given before the change. Change yes, but for the better! 

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 Forthcoming Events  

 Foundation Day Dinner

 Date: 19th May 2017 
 Venue;  Corinthia Palace Hotel Attard  
 Time:   7.30pm  

 The Council will be bestowing Honorary Life Membership on Mrs. Antoinette Caruana, Company Secretary, Farsons Group of Companies, on the night.
All members and friends are invited to attend.


 Role of Women in Today’s Society

Date:        Wednesday 8th March 2017
Venue:     Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry,
               Republic Street, Valletta 
NCW President Mary Gaerty and the Executive Committee Members in collaboration with H.E. Mrs Julienne Hince, the Australian High Commissioner and the Anna Lindh Foundation President Mrs Elisabeth Guigou, organised a roundtable discussion, which took place on Wednesday 8th March 2017 at the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry,  Republic Street, Valletta at 16.00hrs to 18.00hrs.

The aim of the roundtable was to discuss Gender Equality which stands at the heart of the 2030 agenda as a basic human right and a transformation force for more just inclusive and sustainable development.



 International Women's Day Celebration Mass

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2017, the National Council of Women, in conjunction with its affiliated organisations, organised a special Mass celebrated by Rev Fr. Joe Cini SDB at St. Patrick’s Church St. John Bosco Street, Sliema on Sunday 5th March 2017 at 10.15hrs

H.E. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca and Mr Edgar Preca together with Ambassadors, representatives of the Armed Forces of Malta, representatives of the Philippinos Community, representatives of Affiliated Organisations, NCW members and friends were united  in prayers for peace to celebrate  this memorable day.

The aim was to bring together all people to promote respect for diversity and the commitment to solidarity, social justice and cohesion.

 Annual General Meeting 
 Saturday 28th January 2017
The Palace Hotel
High Street
 NCW Christmas Celebrations  

The National Council of Women Christmas Party for members, spouses and friends was held on Wednesday 7th December at the beautiful Villa of NCW President Mary Gaerty. The evening was an opportunity for members to meet and celebrate the beginning of the festive season together. 


Campaign walk against  Domestic Violence

"Everybody’s business"  A solidarity walk to raise awareness and give voice to silent victims of domestic violence  was held on Sunday 4th December 2016. This activity was organised by the NGOs network under the chairmanship of the Commissioner on Domestic Violence Mr Joe Gerada      

 Candlelight March

Light A Candle For Life! Malta Stand Up for Life Candlelight March! was held on Saturday 3rd December 2016 in front of Castille  

 Courses held at NCW Centre  

First Aid Course at NCW Learning Centre in Blata l-Bajda
The National Council of Women with the support of the Voluntary Organisation Council would like to invite applicants to register for the First Aid Course which will start on  Thursday 24th November 2016  between 9.00am to 12.00pm at NCW Centre Blata l-Bajda.
  Ms Gemma Siroll from St John Ambulance Training Branch will conduct the sessions.
The  Course is  free of charge. Places are limited on first come first served basis.
The First Aid course is recognized by The Malta Qualifications Council, and by local Occupational Health & Safety Regulations. 
For booking and registration kindly phone NCW Centre on 21248881 or 99291936


 Humanity of Human Embryo

The Health Parliamentary Secretariat has announced it will be "evaluating IVF legislation within the context of outcomes of current regulations, new local legislation involving various sectors of the Maltese community and recent judgments of the European Court of Human Rights". Read More



Women's Forum 22nd - 24th November 2015 - InterContinental Hotel, St. Julians 

"Women Ahead Be All that you can be"

The main aim of this forum is to raise awareness of women's issues in Commonwealth countries and show how women's contributions can have a positive impact politically economically and socially. 

CWF2015 day 2 proceeded with intense and stimulating discussions on women and gender issues. See the recap video here ‪#‎chogm2015‬‪#‎cwf2015‬ ‪#‎WomenAhead‬




The National Council of Women's Social Affairs Committee information session about Contributory Pensions


    Speaker: Mr. Edward Buttigieg    

Director Contributory Benefits

 Department of Social Security. 

Mr. Buttigieg's Presentation:  

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7qmy799wtjcx00z/Social Security Benefits - 2015 NCW.pdf?dl=0 


 Foundation Day Celebrations  

 NCW celebrated its Foundation Day Dinner at the Corinthia Palace Hotel Attard on Friday 29th April 2016.  Many members and guests enjoyed the lavish dinner expertly prepared by the professional staff at the hotel.  Amongst the distinguished guests were Mrs Michelle Muscat, wife of the Prime Minister, the Hon Helena Dalli, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties,  US Ambassador H.E. G. Kathleen Hill, the Ghana High Commissioner H.E. Kenneth Enos Kofi Tachie with his lovely wife Victoria, Dr and Mrs Lawrence Gonzi and the Member of Parliament Kirsty Debono together with Mr Debono. During the evening the Council honoured Mrs Doris Bingley for her professional and outstanding commitment towards the National Council of Women and for her constant initiatives in promoting Gender Equality at National, European and International level. 

During the evening NCW President Mary Gaerty presented Doris Bingley with NCW Malta’s Hon Life Membership, whilst thanking her for her work. She invited Doris Bingley to say a few words.  Doris Bingley started by saying how humbled and honoured she was to be made an Honorary Life Member of the National Council of Women Malta.  She offered her sincerest gratitude to the Executive Committee and NCW Members for this prestigious award.



“Women’s Political Participation in Malta”,

Advancing gender equality in elected office in Malta was the focus of a conference on “Women’s Political Participation in Malta”, held on 3 November 2014 in Valletta, Malta.

The conference, which brought together representatives from political parties, Members of Parliament, policymakers and academics, as well as representatives from civil society and the media, was organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), in partnership with the House of Representatives, the Commissioner for the Promotion of Equality and the National Council of Women of Malta. International experts from the Czech Republic, Sweden and the United Kingdom also shared experiences and good practices from their own countries.


Ajla van Heel - Promoting Women in Politics

Jana Kavkova - Forum50% Campaigns

Paper on Women and Political Participation in Malta FINAL



Wasting Food is Wasting the Planet

Love Food Hate Waste  

Poster Competition for students aged 8 - 13 years

The winners of the competition are: First prize -  Kristina Sammut from St. Joseph School Sliema, Second prize - Nicholas Grech from St. Francis School, Gozo, Third prize - Joseph Galea from the  Xewkija Primary School, Gozo and a special mention prize went to Clarice Zammit, of St. Francis School, Gozo.

Congratulations to all the participants who received a participating certificate. 


Nutrition for the Family- talk by Dr.Daniela Cassola

Topic that were discussed:  Reading  food labels, portion control, healthy school lunches and balanced family meals.


Friday 29th August 2014 -

NCW 50th Anniversary Barbeque , themed Starry Starry Night .

We would like to thank NCW members and friends who attended the fundraising BBQ  

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Henri Malosse met NCW members and representatives of affiliated organizations, this was an exceptional event for NCW who this year is celebrating its 50th anniversary. After a brief tour of  NCW Centre,  NCW President, Mary Gaerty gave Mr Malosse a very warm welcome highlighting his various initiatives in France and at EU level over many years. EESC Bureau member , Grace Attard spoke about her ongoing experiences at the EESC and the support of Mr Malosse as President of Group1,  Employers Group.          

Henri Malosse

 Henri Malosse visit to NCW Centre.



National Council of Women Malta celebrates its 50th Anniversay together with the delegates of the International Council of Women who will be in Malta from the 24th April 2014 to the 4th May 2014

Caring for Women is Caring for the World

International Council of Women & Europen Centre of the International Council of Women

24th April 2014 - 04th May 2014  ECM in Malta

Prime Minister



The Prime Minister of Malta Hon Joseph Muscat with the foreign delegates and NCW Members



EESC-NCW Press Conference with
Maltese Candidates for European Elections

Monday 17 March 2014
Dar l-Ewropa
Title: Your MEP: The Voice of Civil Society in Europe

NCW President Mary Gaerty welcomed the Maltese candidates for the forthcoming European Parliament elections, members of the press and guests for accepting the invitation by the National Council of Women in collaboration with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)  to share their views and aspirations for the forthcoming EP elections Read More



Report on Launch Conference on Violence against women across the EU

Abuse at home, work, in public and online
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
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 Annual General Meeting 

The NCW Annual General Meeting was held on SATURDAY 25th January, 2014 at the Victoria Hotel, Sliema which officially launced the year of acitivities for 2014, celebrating the council's 50th Anniversary. In her opening address, NCW President Mary Gaerty spoke about the Council's involvement and the ever increasing work of the past year, highlighting the various well attended seminars organised by the Council throughout the year. She emphasised the need for more women to support women, in political posts, with special reference to those contesting the coming MEP elections in May 2014. Over 50% of the Maltese population are women and this should also be reflected in National Parliament and in the forthcoming EP Elections. Read More


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 The challenge of Gender imbalance on Corporate Boards in EU Member States Read More

Recent developments from he member states on Women on Boards  ReadMore

Vice-President Reding welcomes latest progress in European Parliament for women on boards          Read More

 Middle way for Quotas on Company Boards           Read More

Women on Board - Yes, but how?

A Public Dialogue with your MEPs

  Friday 13th September 2013

                             Dar L-Ewropa Valletta                       


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Men and Women on Boards –Yes but how!! Read More

Gender Balance on Company Boards: It is about the economic, social and political benefits  Press Release 13/09/2013

NCW President Mary Gaerty Presentation

 Grace Attard


The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) identified NCW 1st Vice President Grace Attard  as a relevant stakeholder in the field of gender equality.


Sixties Night

Friday 23rd August

 A huge thank you to all the members and friends that supported our fundraising  activity,  It was a very enjoyable evening.


 European Agenda

Malta elects its first women MEPs


Maiden Speech of the MEPs Marlene Mizzi, Robert Metsola Tedesco Triccas and Claudette Abela Baldachhino





 A  Conference on Food safety – educating the consumer was organised by the Association for Consumer Rights (ACR) in collaboration with the Embassy of Ireland to Malta on Saturday 18 May at Europa House, Valletta. The Conferernce was addressed by Hon Helena Dalli, Minister responsible for Consumer Affairs, European and local experts in food safety and the contribution of the general public Read More


 Monday, April 22 – Thursday April 25, 2013

Engaging and mobilizing men to end violence against women 


 The U.S. Embassy, in collaboration with the National Council of Women (NCW) and  the Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations (MCWO) is delighted to invite you to a presentation by Rus Funk (bio) of Menswork inc, long time activist in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence.

  The Malta Girl Guides, the National Council of Women and Aġenzija Żgħażagħ thank all NCW Members and their friends that participated in the Silent Walk and a Group Dance at Pjazza San Gorg, in relation to the No to Violent Relationships Campaign. The Event was a great success
 Elections 2013 NCW Electoral Proposals 2013
 Gender Equality is also a men's business  On the International Women's Day, COFACE, the confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union would like to highlight the importance of the involvement of men in gender equality and the equal sharing of family and care responsibilities Read More


 Gender-based violence, in all its forms, affects mostly women. It relects and reinforces inequalities between women and men and remains a major problem in the European Union  Read more
   Female quota on boards approved
by the European Commission

NCW considers the success of Commissioner Reding in her proposal for a directive on gender quotas an important first step. However, the draft directive needs to ensure that other decision-making roles on company boards will be open to a wider range of women whose merit should not be ignored     Read more


 Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union

 2014 European Year for Reconciling Work and Family Life  Press Release

168 MEPs already committed to designate 2014 to be the European Year for Reconsiling Work and Family Life           Read More

Trio Presidency work programme endorses 2014 as European Year for Reconciling Work and Family Life

  Introduction of Victims Rights Directive

Brussels, 05/10/2012 (Agence Europe) -


On 4 October, the Council of the EU formally adopted a new directive on victims' rights in the EU27, such as basic psychological aid and translation rights. More advanced services will be provided to vulnerable victims, mainly children, but also those categorised as vulnerable by the directive. Nearly 75 million people in the EU27 fall victim to a crime each year, including physical violence, mugging or terrorism. The draft directive was adopted by the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 12 September this year.

NCW meeting with
HE Mrs. Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, Ambassador of the United States of America
European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012

  Xrobb l-Ghagin Outing organised by the

National Council of Women - Environment Committee.      

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Madi Sharma on female Entrepreneurship and barriers for women owned businesses.
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Ambassadors in Malta for Increasing women Entrepreneurs – Stakeholders Conference

Conference Photos

Promoting Female Entrepreneurship -

Interview on the Independent


The European and Economic Social Committee Group 111

Various Interests European Citizens' Initiative

The Way Forward

Plenary Document Link

 Women on the Board



 Press Release on Trafficking of Women for Sexual Exploitation. 

Article by Grace Attard on the Times of Malta

Press Conference on Participatory Democracy and Citizens Initiative

ECI Photo

 (Photo – DOI – Omar Camilleri)

NCW AGM 2012 highlights quota systems for women in forthcoming Local Councils and General Elections

Malta Press Conference on Citizens Initiative

15 March 2012 - Ewropa House , St Paul’s Street,

Valletta 5.30pm

Organised by the MCESD CS and Malta EESC Delegation

Press Release

ECI Conference

 Entrepreneur educ

Entrepreneurship through Education Conference

The Ministry of Education, Employment and the Family in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance,the Economy and Investment organised a conference Entrepreneurship through Education – Delivering Effectively’ on 20 January 2012 at The Dolmen Hotel Qawra. Maryrose Francica FWE, Nadyanne Mangion NCW, Sandra Zammit and Miriam Duca AMIE
Ambassadors attended.
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EU Flagship Project

3rd meeting EU Flagship

Photo – DOI – Pierre Sammut

Intergenerational Volunteering

Paving the Way for the EU Year for Active Ageing 2012

Saturday 12th November 2011 Dar L-Ewropa St. Paul's Street Valletta Programme

Active Ageing - Moses Azzopardi

Ingenerational Volunteering - Miriam Teuma

The Selfish Society - Vivienne Cassar

The Hon. Jason Azzopardi, Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Land, opens the Third Conference of EU Flagship Project European Year for Volunteering 2011 Strengthening and Encouraging Volunteering organised by the National Council of Women

Opening Speech by the Hon. Jason Azzopardi


Afterschool services or longer school hours? Proposals for afterschool services
have been on the agenda as early as pre-accession years, a time when the
National Council of Women was in fact leading the gender equality aspects
in the consultation process of the acquis negotiations.Although for a
time this issue was put on the back burner, the need to provide policy
to implement an adequate system cannot be postponed any longer
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Self Employed Workers to gain maternity and pension benefits under

new EU Law Read More

European Year of Ciitzens 2013
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women,
Vera Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality has taken the initiative to dedicate 2017 to combating violence against women. But it requires the dedication of all of us: Member State national and local authorities, International Organisations, civil society organisations, academia, businesses, trade unions, police, health professionals, social care professionals and all European men and women to fight to make violence against women a thing of the past. More than an awareness-raising campaign, this initiative will support and engage all stakeholders in combatting this problem. Commissioner Jourová invites all to join these focused actions to combat violence against women, as it will be a concerted effort.
No to the legalisation of prostitution!
The National Council of Women is very concerned with the proposal that once again is being put forward to legalise prostitution.(Times of Malta 6.4.2016).Such a law would be a confirmation that women are a commodity and that women's sexual favours are there for the taking as long as one pays! This worst form of degradation of women is totally unacceptable.
The Right to Life of the Human Embryo - not a Commodity
Three years ago the Embryo Protection Act was enacted. As the name implies this law was specifically drawn to safeguard the rights of a new human being at its most vulnerable stage. Bringing a child into the world is not a right, either to a male or female who wish to become a parent, because in so doing they might be ignoring the rights of the third person in this equation- the child.
WOMEN: Maternity leave - MEPs call for progress
Brussels, 07/05/2015 (Agence Europe) - The committee on women's rights and gender equality has urged the Council of Ministers to resume negotiations on maternity leave.
WOMEN: Jourova determined to adopt maternity leave directive
Brussels, 05/03/2015 (Agence Europe) - On Thursday 5 March, the European Commissioner for Gender Equality, Vera Jourova, stated: “Europe is a good address for women, but there are still gaps in gender equality, which means lots of work for us”. The Commissioner made her comments at a press conference organised at the European Parliament on the most recent annual Commission report on inequality between men and women.
WOMEN: Parliament and Commission urge Council to agree on quota project
Brussels, 14/01/2015 (Agence Europe) - The Commission and European Parliament are urging the Latvian presidency of the Council of the EU to ensure that a consensus is obtained from member states on the European quota project. This project seeks to ensure that the boards of directors in major European companies quoted on the stock exchange have at least 40% of their members who are women.
Scheme for business start-ups by mothers with young children wins top prize at EEPA 2014
Scheme for business start-ups by mothers with young children wins top prize at EEPA 2014 The seven winners of the 8th edition of European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) were announced today. The Grand Jury Prize winner came from Hungary. The project, Encouraging Business Start-ups by Mothers with Young Children, helps mothers to acquire the entrepreneurial skills and mind-set needed to start a business and run it successfully.
(AE) WOMEN: Jourova and Thyssen should put maternity leave on agenda
Umea, 25/09/2014 (Agence Europe) - The draft directive on maternity leave, which the European Commission is threatening to withdraw, is expected to be a priority for future Commissioners Vera Jourova and Marianne Thyssen - in charge of equal opportunities and employment respectively.
(AE) WOMEN: Women up by 1% on boards of directors
Stockholm, 25/09/2013 (Agence Europe) - The average share of women on the boards of the largest publicly listed companies in the EU rose to 18.6% in April 2014 from 17.8% in October 2013. These new statistics were released on Wednesday 24 September by the European Commission.
Peace Statement
In 2014, it is poignant that we commemorate the start of the first World War in 1914, with all its suffering and horrors. Yet, a century on, we still have so many current conflict zones around the globe, which are no less horrific.
Council of Europe on Domestic Violence
Brussels, 29/07/2014 (Agence Europe) - On Monday 28 July, Anne Brasseur, the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) stated: “On 1 August 2014, a new stage in the protection of human rights will begin in Europe: the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence will enter into force in 11 Council of Europe member states”. In France and Sweden, this convention will be in force from 1 November 2014.
COMMISSION: One female and twelve male commissioners so far
Brussels, 28/07/2014 (Agence Europe) - With only 13 commissioners officially designated, Jean-Claude Juncker's future team is taking shape very slowly and is facing a number of obstacles, relating both to issues of gender and to those nominated
Female EU Commissioners call for more women in Juncker's new team
Barroso II female commissioners sign letter supporting call for at least 10 women to be nominated by member states.
Europolitics' staff contributed to this article on women EU Commissioners
Jean-Claude Juncker is losing patience. The political groups in the European Parliament are becoming threatening. All eyes are on the capitals, with one question: where are the women politicians who could be named European commissioners? Not all the member states - far from it -, which have sole responsibility for these decisions, seem resolved to play the hand of gender parity.
EMISCO Press Release on Gaza Situation
Normally, EMISCO-European Initiative for social cohesion does not take sides in territorial conflicts, condemn or support any given country nor do we issue statements of intent in political disputes outside Europe. We work for the socio-economic, cultural and religions rights of the Muslim communities as well as the betterment of relations among various ethnic and religious groups who live in Europe. But when a far away conflict in the Middle East reaches European shores and causes disharmony, violence – verbal and physical – and disturbs peaceful living, we cannot stay silent. EMISCO is very worried that the increased violence, indiscriminate
SEXUAL VIOLENCE: Reminder of EU action against this scourge
Brussels, 16/06/2014 (Agence Europe) - During a summit on sexual violence in conflict areas, which took place in London, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton recalled, on Thursday 12 June, the EU's action against this.
Summer English Language Courses for the Family
English Language Courses start on Tuesday 1st July 2014 till Tuesday 16th September. Children who have reached the 4th, 5th and 6th year of primary and 1st and 2nd of secondary may accompany the adults. The course is free of charge with a donation of €2 per adult for photocopies, tea,coffee and biscuits. For further information and booking contacted NCW office on 21248881/21246982
Gender equality: EU action triggers steady progress
In 2013 the European Commission continued taking action to improve equality between women and men, including steps to close the gender gaps in employment, pay and pensions discrepancies, to combat violence and to promote equality in decision-making.
Violence against Women: every day and everywhere
A new report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights(FRA) presents results from the world's biggest-ever survey on violence against women, revealing the extent of abuse suffered by women at home, work, in public and online.
Yes to 40% quota of women on boards of directors
Strasbourg, 20/11/2013 (Agence Europe) - The European Parliament has given a boost to meritocracy in businesses with its approval, by very large majority (459 votes to 148, with 81 abstentions) of the introduction of a quota of 40% of women on the boards of directors of large European companies quoted on the stock exchange, of which there are around 5,000, in 2020.
MEDITERRANEAN: Activists call on EU for a different political message
Brussels, 19/09/2013 (Agence Europe) - Sounding the alert on worsening conditions for women in the southern countries of the Mediterranean, women's rights activists called on the European Union, on 18 September, to change its message to these countries.
UFM: Conference on women's rights and against sexual violence
Brussels, 13/09/2013 (Agence Europe) - Over 20 ministers from the 43 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), and various women's representatives, met in Paris on 12 September for a conference on strengthening the role of women in Euro-Mediterranean society. High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton also attended.
EP stresses need for response to salary gap
Brussels, 13/09/2013 (Agence Europe) -MEPs are urging the member states to do all in their power to reduce the salary gap between men and women, which is still around 16% on average in Europe. On Thursday 12 September, they adopted a resolution to this effect drafted by MEP Edit Bauer (EPP Slovakia). The salary gap also has long-term negative fallout for women on the employment market, their pension levels and exposure to poverty.
Stop trivialising violence against women
Stop trivialising violence against women The National Council of Women, once again raises serious concerns on the case of violent sexual assault carried out on Ms Shanti Shresta Achami, (Sunday Times 9thJune). The Council has for many years been publicly questioning Court sentences that unfortunately are not perceived as reflecting the seriousness of the crime of sexual assault or other cases of violence against women.
Women on Boards: Vice-President Viviane Reding and Markus Klimmer, Managing Director at Accenture di
Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, met with Markus Klimmer, Managing Director at Accenture, today to discuss how best to improve gender balance on company boards.
NCW congratulates Maltese Women MEPs
The National Council of Women welcomes the news that three women have been elected as MEPs, giving women a 50% presence amongst the six Maltese MEPs.
WOMEN: 59 days in 2013 before equal remuneration in Europe
Dublin, 01/03/2013 (Agence Europe) - It is only from 28 February this year that women in Europe started to earn the same salary as men. An additional 59 days are therefore needed for women to reduce the pay gap - which this year still stands at 16.2% according to figures published by the European Commission.
(AE) WOMEN: Consultation and future action on genital mutilation
Brussels, 13/02/2013 (Agence Europe) -European Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Viviane Reding is preparing to launch a public consultation and concrete initiatives to tackle female genital mutilation in March. During the period of the consultation, a conference, organised with other Commissioners, on the fight against violence against women will be held.
AE) WOMEN: Already more women on company boards after quota proposal
Brussels, 25/01/2013 (AgenceEurope) - The European Commission believes that its controversial proposal on a quota of women on company boards could be bearing fruit. It notes that in less than a year, twice as many women are now on company boards in Europe, with a significant increase in the large majority of member states. Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Viviane Reding seized the moment to present these encouraging results to the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday 25 January.
WOMEN: 50/50 declaration for parity in institutions after 2014
Brussels, 22/11/2012 (Agence Europe) - MEPs are now ready to do battle to defend equality in the European institutions after the 2014 elections. A “multi-party” declaration was presented on Wednesday 22 November at the European Parliament during the plenary session.
(AE) WOMEN: Parliamentary pressure to counter domestic violence
Brussels, 19/11/2012 (Agence Europe) - Five MEPs are putting pressure on the EU to ratify the international convention to prevent and combat violence against women. Mikael Gustafsson (GUE/NGL, Sweden), Barbara Matera (EPP, Italy), Antonya Parvanova (ALDE, Bulgaria), Raül Romeva (Greens/EFA, Spain) and Britta Thomsen (S&D, Denmark) are urging their colleagues to sign a written declaration in this connection. The declaration calls on the EU to ratify the Council of Europe convention on tackling domestic violence and violence against women. It also urges member states to subsequently take action against this phenomenon.
(AE) WOMEN: Nicosia progresses pay gap debate
Brussels, 31/10/2012 (Agence Europe) - The Cypriot Presidency is pushing the pay gap debate forwards - the difference in pay between men and women still being on average 16% in Europe. At a conference organised in Cyprus on this topic on 29-30 October, the Presidency concluded that the reduction of this pay gap comes through “promoting social dialogue and tripartite cooperation as a way of tackling this problem”.
(AE) WOMEN: Reding is snubbed - quotas deferred until mid-November Brussels, 23/10/2012 (Agence Euro
The quota of 40% women on bluechip company boards has been postponed, but Viviane Reding is determined not to give up her highly controversial proposal for a directive. She promises that the dossier will be back on the Commission agenda by the end of November, when it will be stronger and more open to subsidiarity. Reding, who is optimistic, said that after a century-long battle her proposal could wait another couple of weeks
(AE) WOMEN: Moment of truth for Reding and corporate quotas
Brussels, 22/10/2012 (Agence Europe) - The College of Commissioners may sweep away with one hand the proposal to bring in a 40% quota for women on management boards in European companies quoted on the stock exchange, a proposal that Commissioner Viviane Reding plans to submit on Tuesday.
Women - Reding bases argument on subsidiarity quotas
Brussels, 05/10/2012 (Agence Europe) - Viviane Reding, the commissioner responsible for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship, has already been able to get into her stride with regard to feminine quotas in large companies - ahead of time and on converted ground.
The EWL has written to the European Commission and Member States
The EWL has written to the European Commission and Member States in response to a letter signed by 9 countries against a proposed EU Directive to increase the number of women on boards across Europe. Although well below our expectations, the EWL is giving its full backing to Commissioner Reding’s proposal, and calling on all parties to do the same.
(AE) WOMEN: ECB, letter from Goulard to Juncker on parity
Brussels, 18/09/2012 (Agence Europe) - French liberal MEP, Sylvie Goulard, has directly addressed the president of Eurogroup, Jean-Claude Juncker, to again draw attention to the question of respecting equal opportunities for women when appointing the sixth member of the European Central Bank board of governors. The economic and financial committee, of which Goulard is a member, effectively suspended the hearing of Yves Mersch for a post on the board of governors, due to the lack of gender balance on the board.
(AE) WOMEN: Greens favour quotas and hit back at nine blocking states
Brussels, 20/09/2012 (Agence Europe) - The Greens are hitting back at the intention of nine member states not to support Viviane Reding's awaited proposal on setting a quota of 40% women on the boards of bluechip companies.
Women on Boards: Viviane Reding meets with leaders of Europe's business schools and industry
On the 19 June, 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.
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: Campaign to get more women into scientific careers
Brussels, 22/06/2012 (Agence Europe) - Science is also a “girl thing”. That is the message the Commission intends to drive home throughout the EU over the next three years to get more girls interested in science and encourage more women to choose research as a career.
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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