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The National Council of Women Annual General Meeting “Towards a regeneration for the Future”
NCW Malta Annual General Meeting 2021 was held at The Palace Hotel Sliema on Thursday 22 July 2021 In her opening address, outgoing NCW President, Mary Gaerty, called on the Assembly to join her in a prayer for past members of NCW, for those who lost their life due to the Covid-19 and for the women whose lives were taken away due to femicide, which saw an increase during Covid-19.
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Human dignity should be respected at all times.
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OSCE/ODIHR anti-trafficking survey for survivors of trafficking in human beings
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Malta is EU country with highest rate of tertiary education graduates in employment
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European Commission
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Equal opportunities and access to the labour market
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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
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Empowering women and girls in media and ICT
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Digital healthcare / health insurance
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Gender equality in European labour markets
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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
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Plastics, human health and environmental impacts: The road ahead
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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
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The National Council of Women supports the Act to provide protection for human embryos
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Women on Boards: Vice-President Viviane Reding meets with leaders of Europe's business schools and i
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UfM adopts new project to support women’s empowerment in the Mediterranean
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Date: 16/03/2009

Brussels, 3 March 2009

EU launches campaign to tackle gender pay gap

The European Commission has today launched an EU-wide campaign to help tackle the gender pay gap. Across the EU economy, women earn on average 17.4% less than men. The simple concept of 'equal pay for work of equal value' is at the heart of the campaign being launched in the context of International Women's Day on 8 March to raise awareness of the pay gap, its causes, and how to tackle it.

"The gender pay gap has multiple causes and needs multiple solutions. Tackling it requires action at all levels and a commitment fromeveryone concerned, from employers and trade unions to national authorities and every citizen. Our campaign will make people more aware of why women in Europe still earn so much less than men and what we can do about it," said EU Equal Opportunities Commissioner Vladimír

pidla. "In today’s economic climate, equality between women and men is more important than ever. Only by reaping the potential of all our talents can we face up to the crisis," he added. Equal pay for equal work is one of the European Union’s founding principles. Enshrined in the Treaty of Rome in 1957, it was already the subject of a 1975 directive which prohibits all discrimination in all aspects of pay between women and men for the same work or for work of equal value. As a result, "simple and visible" cases of direct discrimination – differences in pay when a man and a woman are doing exactly the same job, with the same experience and skills, and same performance – have fallen a lot thanks to the effectiveness of European and national legislation on equal pay. But why then is there still a gender pay gap of 17.4% across the EU?

The gender pay gap represents the difference between average hourly pay for women and men before tax across the economy as a whole. It reflects ongoing discrimination and inequality in the labour market which, in practice, mainly affects women. For example, women's work is still often seen as less valuable than the work that men do and women often work in sectors where wages are, on average lower than those dominated by men, for example in a supermarket female cashiers usually earn less than the store men.

The pay gap also reduces women's lifetime earnings and pensions causing poverty in later life. 21% of women aged 65 and over are at risk of poverty compared to 16% of men. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the pay gap and how it can be tackled. To reach out to citizens, employers and workers, the campaign will promote good practices on the pay gap from around Europe and distribute a campaign toolbox for employers and trade unions at European and at national level. Other activities include the campaign website, advertising in European press and a poster campaign. It comes as a follow-up to the Commission's 2007 policy communication on the pay gap, which analysed the causes of the gap and identified courses of action at EU level. The Communication underlined the need to raise awareness of the pay gap and how it can be tackled by acting at all levels, involving all stakeholders and focusing on all contributing factors.

Annual report on equality

The 2009 report on equality between women and men – also presented by the European Commission today – confirms that despite some progress on gender equality, significant gaps still remain in several areas. While the employment rate of women has been steadily rising over the last years (now 58.3% for women against 72.5% for men), women still work part-time more often than men (31.2% for women and 7.7% for men) and they predominate in sectors where wages are lower (more than 40% of women work in health, education and public administration – twice as many as men). However, women represent 59% of all new university graduates.

Women and men in decision-making

Meanwhile, a new expert report prepared for the Commission confirms that women are also highly under-represented in economic decision-making and in European politics. The central banks of all 27 EU Member States are led by a male governor. The under-representation of women at the top level is heightened in big business where men account for nearly 90% of the board members in leading companies (constituents of the blue-chip index in each country) - a figure which has barely improved in recent years. The proportion of women members of national parliaments (single/lower house) has risen by around half over the last decade, from 16% in 1997 to 24% in 2008. The European Parliament is just above this figure (31% women). On average, men outnumber women among ministers in national governments by around three to one (25% women, 75% men).




Further information:

Pay gap campaign website


2009 annual report on equality between women and men


Women in European Politics - time for action



Video News Releases on the gender pay gap and women and men in





Brussell, 3 ta' Marzu 2009

L-UE tniedi kampanja biex titratta d-differenza fil-pagi bejn l-irġiel

u n-nisa

Il-Kummissjoni Ewropea llum nediet kampanja mal-UE kollha ħalli tgħin

biex jiġu ttrattati d-differenzi fil-pagi bejn l-irġiel u n-nisa.

Fl-ekonomija kollha tal-UE, in-nisa jaqilgħu medja ta’ 17.4 % inqas

mill-irġiel. Il-kunċett faċli ta’ ‘pagi l-istess għal xogħol

tal-istess valur’ qiegħed fil-qalba tal-kampanja li qed titnieda

fil-kuntest tal-Jum Internazzjonali tan-Nisa fit-8 ta' Marzu biex

titqajjem kuxjenza dwar id-differenza fil-pagi, x'qed jikkawża dan u

kif tista' tiġi ttrattata.

“Id-differenza fil-pagi ġejja minn diversi kawżi u teħtieġ ħafna

soluzzjonijiet. Biex tiġi ttrattata teħtieġ azzjoni fil-livelli

kollha u impenn minn kull min huwa involut, minn dawk li jimpjegaw

in-nies u t-trejdjunjins sal-awtoritajiet u kull ċittadin. Il-kampanja

tagħna se twassal biex in-nies ikunu iktar konxji dwar għaliex

in-nisa fl-Ewropa għadhom jaqilgħu daqshekk inqas mill-irġiel u dwar

x’nistgħu nagħmlu dwar dan" qal il-Kummissarju

għall-Opportunitajiet Ugwali tal-UE, Vladimír pidla. "Fil-klima

ekonomika tal-lum, l-ugwaljanza bejn in-nisa u l-irġiel hija iktar

importanti minn qatt qabel. Huwa biss bis-saħħa tal-ġbir

tal-potenzjal tat-talenti kollha tagħna li nistgħu niffaċċjaw din

il-kriżi" żied jgħid.

Ħlas indaqs għall-istess xogħol huwa wieħed mill-prinċipji

fundamentali tal-Unjoni Ewropea. Stabbilit fit-Trattat ta’ Ruma

fl-1957, diġa' kien is-suġġett ta’ direttiva li ħarġet fl-1975

li tipprojbixxi kull diskriminazzjoni fl-aspetti kollha tal-pagi bejn

l-irġiel u n-nisa għall-istess xogħol jew għal xogħol tal-istess

valur. B’riżultat ta’ dan, il-każijiet ta' diskriminazzjoni

diretta ”sempliċi u viżibbli” – differenzi fil-pagi meta mara u

raġel qegħdin jagħmlu l-istess xogħol, bl-istess esperjenza u

ħiliet, u l-istess prestazzjoni – naqsu ħafna grazzi

għall-effettività tal-leġiżlazzjoni nazzjonali u Ewropea dwar pagi

ugwali. Iżda allura għaliex għad hemm differenza fil-pagi

tal-irġiel u n-nisa ta' 17.4 % madwar l-UE?

Id-differenza fil-pagi bejn is-sessi tirrappreżenta d-differenza bejn

il-pagi medji fis-siegħa għan-nisa u l-irġiel qabel it-taxxa madwar

l-ekonomija kollha. Hija tirrifletti d-diskriminazzjoni u

l-inugwaljanza li għaddejja fis-suq tax-xogħol li, fil-prattika,

taffettwa l-iktar lin-nisa. Per eżempju, ix-xogħol tan-nisa għadu

jidher bħala ta' valur inqas minn dak li jagħmlu l-irġiel u ħafna

drabi n-nisa jaħdmu f’setturi fejn il-pagi huma, fuq medja inqas

għall-effettività tal-leġi

minn dawk iddominati mill-irġiel, pereżempju f’supermarket,

il-kaxxiera nisa normalment jaqilgħu inqas mill-irġiel li jaħdmu


Id-differenza fil-pagi tnaqqas il-qligħ u l-pensjoni ta’ mara matul

ħajjitha u hija l-kawża tal-faqar iktar tard fil-ħajja.
21% tan-nisa

ta’ età ta’ 65 u iktar huma fir-riskju tal-faqar meta mqabbel

ma’ 16% tal-irġiel.

Il-kampanja timmira li tqajjem kuxjenza dwar id-differenza fil-pagi u

kif din tista’ tiġi ttrattata. Sabiex jintlaħqu ċ-ċittadini,

l-impjegati u l-ħaddiema, il-kampanja għandha tippromwovi prattiki

tajba dwar id-differenza fil-pagi minn madwar l-Ewropa u

tiddistribwixxi l-għodda għall-kampanja lil dawk li jħaddmu u

t-trejdjunjins fil-livell Ewropew u fil-livell nazzjonali. Attivitajiet

oħra jinkludu l-websajt tal-kampanja, ir-riklamar fl-istampa Ewropea u

kampanja bil-powsters.

Dan huwa segwitu għall-komunikazzjoni tal-politika tal-Kummissjoni

tal-2007 dwar id-differenzi fil-pagi, li analizzat il-kawżi

tad-differenza u identifikat x’azzjonijiet għandhom jittieħdu

fil-livell tal-UE. Il-Komunikazzjoni enfasizzat il-ħtieġa li

titqajjem kuxjenza dwar id-differenza fil-pagi u dwar kif din tista’

tiġi ttrattata permezz ta’ aġir fil-livelli kollha, billi jiġu

involuti l-partijiet kollha interessati u jkun hemm fokus fuq

il-fatturi kollha li jikkontribwixxu għal din.

Rapport annwali dwar l-ugwaljanza

Ir-rapport tal-2009 dwar l-ugwaljanza bejn l-irġiel u n-nisa –

ppreżentat ukoll mill-Kummissjoni Ewropea llum – jikkonferma li

minkejja li sar xi progress fuq l-ugwaljanza bejn is-sessi, għad hemm

differenzi sinifikanti f’diversi oqsma. Filwaqt li r-rata ta’

impiegi tan-nisa ilha tiela’ b’mod kostanti matul is-snin (issa

qiegħda 58.3 % għan-nisa kontra s-72.5 % għall-irġiel), in-nisa

għadhom jaħdmu part-time iktar mill-irġiel (31.2 % għan-nisa u 7.7

% għall-irġiel) u dawn jippredominaw f’setturi fejn il-pagi huma

inqas (iktar minn 40 % tan-nisa jaħdmu fis-saħħa, l-edukazzjoni u

l-amministrazzjoni pubblika – darbtejn aktar mill-irġiel f’dawn

is-setturi). Madankollu, in-nisa jirrapreżentaw 59 % tal-gradwati

ġodda kollha mill-università.

In-nisa u l-irġiel fit-teħid tad-deċiżjonijiet

Sadanittant, rapport ġdid mill-esperti mħejji għall-Kummissjoni

jikkonferma li n-nisa huma wkoll għandhom rappreżentazzjoni ferm

nieqsa fit-teħid ta’ deċiżjonijiet ekonomiċi u fil-politika

Ewropea. Il-banek ċentrali tas-27 Stat Membru tal-UE huma mmexxija

minn gvernatur raġel. In-nuqqas ta’ nisa f’karigi għolja jidher

iktar fl-intrapriżi l-kbar fejn l-irġiel jgħoddu għal kważi 90 %

tal-membri tal-bord f’kumpaniji ewlenin (kostitwenti tal-indiċi

blue-chip f’kull pajjiż), ċifra li bilkemm tjiebet fis-snin


Il-proporzjon ta’ membri nisa ta’ parlamenti nazzjonali (kamra

tad-deputati) żdied b’madwar nofs f’dawn l-aħħar għaxar snin,

minn 16 % fl-1997 għal 24 % fl-2008. Il-Parlament Ewropew qiegħed

biss ftit ogħla minn din iċ-ċifra (31 % nisa). Bħala medja,

l-irġiel jgħaddu lin-nisa fost ministri fi gvernijiet nazzjonali

b’madwar tliet irġiel għal kull mara (25 % nisa, 75 % rġiel).




Għal aktar tagħrif:

Websajt tal-kampanja dwar id-differenzi fil-pagi

http://ec.europa.eu/equalpay <http://ec.europa.eu/equalpay>

Rapport annwali tal-2009 dwar l-ugwaljanza bejn n-nisa u l-irġiel :


In-Nisa fil-Politika Ewropea – iż-żmien għall-azzjoni





Stqarrijiet tal-Aħbarijiet fuq Vidjo dwar id-differenzi fil-pagi bejn

is-sessi u n-nisa u l-irġiel fit-teħid tad-deċiżjonijiet

http://www.tvlink.org http://www.tvlink.org

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