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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.
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.
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.
Date: 12/05/2010



Addressing the issue of women's participation in decision-making is one of the six priorities of the EU Roadmap for Gender Equality 2006-2010. All member states are obliged to take the necessary measures to implement the Roadmap.

NCW Vice-President Grace Attard, who worked on the project, stated that it is in this context that the NCW, in collaboration with the National Statistics Office, has conducted this study on ‘Obstacles to the Participation of Women in Decision-making’ (a UNESCO project). The Conference was held on Tuesday 22nd May at Le Meridien Phoenicia Hotel, Floriana, to present the findings and to identify obstacles for women in decision-making posts in political, economic and social sectors.

In her welcome address, NCW President Doreen Micallef, traced the initiatives of the NCW over the past 42 years and its work at European and International level and the changes brought about in Malta as a result of the Council’s recommendations and resolutions.

Mr Reno Camilleri NSO Acting Director, spoke about the role of NSO in producing statistics regarding gender equality not only because it is a core concept of NSO but also as a national institution to contribute to Malta’s achievement of the Lisbon goals.

Hon. Minister Louis Galea, Minister for Education, Youth and Employment highlighted the importance of ensuring that there are opportunities for women in decision-making posts at all levels. Minister Galea also stated that Government is committed to strengthening policies to achieve these objectives.

Ms Maureen O'Neill BA (Hons), EESC Expert and Researcher, gave her reactions and recommendations, emphasizing the importance of education, starting with the family, not only to change stereotyping but also as concrete measures to encourage gender equality behaviour at the earliest stages of life. Ms Maureen also gave examples of good practices in the UK, in particular in enterprises where the concepts of flexibility and diversity were introduced and which gave marked results in company profit.

Dr Joanna Drake, Head of the EU Commission Representation Malta, spoke about the need to find practical and effective solutions that deliver results. She stated that structural deficits need to be addressed across the board. She encouraged NCW not to lose sight of its goals in its strategies to bring about changes in government policies, trade unions, political parties and other institutions to ensure that opportunities for women in decision-making are a reality. Dr Drake also spoke about the EU policy that is treating gender equality as a global issue. She also encouraged the participants to make use of EU funds to address the issue of women in decision-making and other issues

Mr Etienne Caruana, National Statistics Office Manager, presented the results of the survey. Preliminary results clearly reveal that many women are not coming forward for top posts because of the difficulties in reconciling long hours of work and family responsibilities. The study also reveals that both women and men fail to see the relationship between a woman's life pattern and her gender and the negative impact on her career path choices.

In her concluding remarks, NCW President Doreen Micallef highlighted a number of observations of the findings. To women job satisfaction seems to play a more important role to them than it does to men. Does this mean that women will make better and more devoted workers at higher positions? Married women seem to perceive that their chances of attaining a promotion is much lower than if they were single. Is this their own perception or is it employer related? Child care/partner support are very important factors in determining whether women can move forward in their career. However gender does not seem to have a high level of importance in keeping them back from getting a promotion.

The findings revealed a great difference between women and men in participation in political parties, trade unions and NGOs. There seems to be a greater interest by women to join an NGO in the future than in political parties and trade unions. Women show that they would like females to be present in our political system both in parliament and in local councils as it is our right and because we are capable of doing it. So why is it that we actually do lack participation? Also gender is not an issue when voting for a person and this shows that if political parties were to present good female candidates, their probabilities of succeeding could be quite high.

Women without children: high percentage of them (70%) who don’t work. Child care can’t be the problem here. So is it partner support/family support very important to working women as attested by the support given by grandparents in child-care.Clearly the findings reveal that perceptions and actual facts are very different

Consequently, it is the perception of both men and women that needs to be addressed together with changes in current societal structures. NCW believes that gender equality in decision-making is a societal issue. Policies based on the concept of diversity of human resources (in this case, women) enrich society and therefore should not be underestimated.

NCW is convinced that this study is a timely opportunity to encourage an objective debate and to propose concrete measures, to address the issue and to pave the way for young women.

Grace Attard

NCW Vice-President

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