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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.
04/04/2019 - 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.
 
12/02/2019 - 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!
 
05/02/2019 - 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.
 
05/02/2019 - 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.
 
05/02/2019 - 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.
 
05/02/2019 - 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.
 
05/02/2019 - 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.
 
05/02/2019 - 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.
 
05/02/2019 - 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.
 
01/02/2019 - 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.
 
30/01/2019 - 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
 
30/01/2019 - Work-life Balance
 
Better work-life balance for EU citizens: Presidency reaches provisional agreement with the European Parliament
 
06/08/2012 - 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.
 
20/06/2012 - 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.
 
05/01/2012 - 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.
 
05/01/2012 - European Commission gives guidance to Europe's insurance industry to ensure non-discrimination betwe
 
Brussels, 22 December 2011 – The European Commission has adopted guidelines to help the insurance industry implement unisex pricing, after the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that different premiums for men and women constitute sex discrimination.
 
29/11/2011 - Prevention is key to ending violence against women, says UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay
 
[UN, New York, 5 July 2011] Prevention of violence against women was the focus of a discussion on women’s human rights held last month at the UN in Geneva in the framework of the 17th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
 
29/11/2011 - Commonwealth People’s Forum provides crucial interface between governments and civil society
 
Perth, Western Australia hosted the Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF) from 25th to 27th October 2011 in the run up of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) from 28 to 30th October 2011. These meetings are held every two years.
 
16/11/2011 - Female mentors to help woman entrepreneurs to get started
 
Brussels, 15 November 2011. A new European network of mentors to promote female entrepreneurship through the sharing of know-how and experience has been launched today by the European Commission. Women only account for 34.4% of the self-employed in Europe.
 
20/06/2011 - Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of victims of gender-based and domestic violence
 
Brussels, 16/06/2011 (Agence Europe) - The Council of Europe has created a convention to protect the victims of gender-based and domestic violence. It was presented in a press conference at the European Parliament on 15 June with José Manuel Bota, chair of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and Eva-Britt Svensson, chair of the EP women's rights and gender equality committee.
 
16/05/2011 - Youth on the Move – starting on the journey through life
 
For many young people in Europe, the final years of school and the transition from education into work present major challenges. The economic crisis has only increased the obstacles they face in obtaining the skills and qualifications needed to secure a satisfying job and a secure place in society.
 
11/04/2011 - First European Equal Pay Day highlights EU earnings gap
 
Women in the European Union earn on average 17.5% less than men during their lifetimes. This stark figure will be highlighted tomorrow during the first EU-wide Equal Pay Day. This day – 5 March – marks the extra number of days in 2011 that women must work to match the amount of money earned by men in 2010. The European Commission is committed to closing the gender pay gap and published an overall strategy for gender equality in September 2010 (see IP/10/1149 and MEMO/10/430). This year’s Equal Pay Day, which aims to raise awareness of the pay gap, comes ahead of International Women's Day on 8 March.
 
19/03/2011 - Statement by the EWL on the adoption of a new Pact for Gender Equality (2011-2020)
 
[Brussels, 16 March 2011] The EWL has issued a Statement in the aftermath of the Council of the EU’s adoption last week of a new Pact for Gender Equality 2011-2020. While welcoming the renewed commitment of the Member States to the fulfilment of the EU Treaty ambitions in relation to equality between women and men, the EWL regrets that no binding concrete measures, including targets, are foreseen in the Pact, except the renewed commitment to the Barcelona childcare objectives.
 
07/03/2011 - International Women's Day – one hundred years after
 
Women forging the way ahead While acknowledging the work of many courageous women activists whose foresight in different parts of the world created the pathway to gender equality, not without difficulty and personal pain, NCW calls for an analysis of the Maltese situation to ensure that women forging the way ahead can be translated into action
 
07/03/2011 - UN Secretary-General's Message on International Women's Day
 
One hundred years ago, when the world first commemorated International Women’s Day, gender equality and women’s empowerment were largely radical ideas.  On this centenary, we celebrate the significant progress that has been achieved through determined advocacy, practical action and enlightened policy making.  Yet, in too many countries and societies, women remain second-class citizens. 
 
30/12/2010 - Seminar Caring for the Unborn Child
 
The Malta Unborn Child Movement and the Swedish Embassy in Malta, in collaboration with the Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta and the Malta Midwives Association organised the Seminar - Caring for the Unborn Child at the Auditorium of Mater Dei Hospital, on 10th December, 2010.
 
18/11/2010 - EU and Mediterranean civil society reach historic deal on a joint Assembly
 
Civil society organisations from the EU and countries around the Mediterranean met in Rome from 10 to 12 November 2010 for the annual Euro-Mediterranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions. In what they hailed a historic move, they adopted a statute for the future civil society Assembly and agreed to seek consultative body status within the Union for the Mediterranean.
 
12/05/2010 - OBSTACLES TO THE PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN IN DECISION-MAKING
 
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.
 
17/12/2009 - Longer parental leave and incentives for fathers
 
Longer parental leave and incentives for fathers agreed by EU ministersEuropean Commission, Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Parents will have the right to longer parental leave, under new rules agreed by EU ministers today.
 
26/11/2009 - Neqirdu il-pjaga tal-Vjolenza Domestika – Kulhadd ghandu sehem x’jaghti
 
Il-Vjolenza domestika sew psikologika, emozzjonali jew fizika tmur kontra d-dritt fundamental tal-bniedem ghall-hajja u dritt ta’ sikurezza b’mod partikolari fil-familja, l-ambjent l-aktar essenzjali ghall-hajja decenti.
 
02/11/2009 - 4th Congress of the Small States of Europe
 
4th CONGRESS OF THE SMALL STATES OF EUROPE The Role of Gender Equality in the Small States of Europe The National Council of Women of Malta hosted the 4th UNESCO Congress for Women Organisations from the Eight Small States of Europe from the 24 to 27 September 2009 at The Palace Hotel, Sliema.
 
02/11/2009 - SMEs: A favourable business environment: supporting enterprise and job creation
 
'Think Small First': A Small Business Act for Europe At a time when there is a global financial and economic crisis, it is companies, in particular SMEs that are the most sensitive and at the same time the most important elements in terms of job creation and recovery capacity. SMEs are a crucial part of our economy and a major source of employment, entrepreneurial skills and innovation
 
02/11/2009 - Future Skills for Future Jobs
 
Anticipating labour market and skills needs The need to address Labour Market Skills Issues at European level Europe, potentially, faces a major skills problem in the near future. Over 20 million new jobs are expected to be created between 2006 and 2020. Another 85 million jobs will be available to replace people who retire or leave the labour market for other reasons.
 
02/11/2009 - Breast Screening – a lifeline for women
 
The National Council of Women welcomes the long awaited breast screening programme that the Council has been pushing for in line with WHO requirements for many years
 
20/08/2008 - Dismissal of pregnant women during the probation period
 
Article 10 point 1 of Council Directive 92/85/EEC on the introduction of measures to encourage...
 
20/08/2008 - The National Council of Women welcomes the Paris Declaration of the Union for the Mediterranean
 
The initiative of President Sarkozy to give life to a strong Mediterranean Union was met with wide
 
20/08/2008 - Time for reform of the MCESD
 
The reform of the MCESD is an issue that very rarely is given the importance it deserves by the Media, in particular...
 
Council Views
 
19/02/2019 - 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!
06/02/2019 - 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
05/02/2019 - 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.
05/02/2019 - 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.
05/02/2019 - 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.
05/02/2019 - 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.
05/02/2019 - 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.
30/01/2019 - 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
30/01/2019 - Work-life Balance
 
Better work-life balance for EU citizens: Presidency reaches provisional agreement with the European Parliament
16/03/2017 - 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.
14/09/2015 - 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.
11/09/2014 - 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.
06/08/2012 - 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.
18/06/2012 - 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’
23/05/2012 - 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.
14/04/2012 - 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.
08/03/2012 - 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.
19/07/2011 - The Contribution of the National Council of Women on the Divorce Bill in Committee stage (13 .07.2
 
NCW calls for careful study of implications in current divorce bill The divorce bill is in a very sensitive phase and a number of issues need to be addressed to reduce difficulties and hardship for all parties, including children that will otherwise arise when it is enacted and implemented. The National Council of Women calls on the members of the Committee that is currently studying the bill to look into these issues and others and address them, before the final law is enacted, when it goes before Parliament in the coming days.
11/03/2011 - Economic crisis casts a shadow over Women's Day celebrations
 
Vital services cut by savings measures EU citizens are battling to maintain their standard of living in the face of the economic crisis, cuts and austerity measures. Women are hit twice over: not only do cuts in public spending affect sectors which employ many women, but austerity measures also undermine the services they depend on.
05/03/2011 - Il-Jum Internazzjonali tal-Mara – Mitt sena wara
 
Il-Kunsill Nazzjonali tan-Nisa, NCW jsellem lin-nisa qalbiena madwar id-dinja kollha li matul dawn il-mit sena kellhom vizzjoni ta’ fejn ghandha tasal li minkejja r-rezistenza u tbatija irnexxiehom ifasslu t-triq li twassal ghall-ugwaljanza bejn l-irgiel u n-nisa.
23/02/2011 - NSO/NCW Survey: Obstacles to the Participation of Women in Decision-Making Positions
 
This survey was carried out by the National Statistics Office on behalf of the National Council of Women in collaboration with NCW Vice-President Grace Attard. It was conducted amongst a sample of 1,432 persons aged 18 and over, of which 1,004 or 82.6 per cent accepted to respond. Of the respondents, 51.0 per cent were women and 49.5 per cent were gainfully occupied. The questionnaire covered a number of topics relating to women in the work-place, such as prospects for promotion and obstacles in being promoted, as well as opinions on the balance of men and women in parliament and local councils.
30/12/2010 - National Council of Women deplores decision of Council of Ministers on Maternity Leave
 
The National Council of Women deplores the negative vote leading to the defeat of the proposed directive on the extension of maternity leave by the Council of Ministers. Once again this shows that monetary priorities come before the health and safety of working mothers and their newborn child as well as the demographic deficit and related fertility rates which are nose-diving all over Europe and which are counter to economic growth.
02/11/2009 - Measures to address the financial crisis must not have adverse effects on women
 
The National Council of Women notes that the Pre-Budget 2010 Consultation document while seeking to avoid economic pitfalls, is aiming at sustaining the health and social systems in an attempt to build stability – indeed not an easy task in the current circumstances
29/09/2009 - Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF)
 
Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF) CHOGM 2009 “Partnering for a More Equitable and Sustainable Future” Malta’s Consultation Monday 8th June 2009 at the Royal Hall, The Palace Sliema The Consultation in Malta was organized by the National Council of Women Malta with the support of the Commonwealth Foundation.
24/08/2009 - Partnering for a More Equitable and Sustainable Future”
 
CHOGM 2009 Commonwealth People's Forum (CPF) “Partnering for a More Equitable and Sustainable Future”
06/07/2009 - EMPOWERING CIVIL SOCIETY TO ENGAGE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS
 
The Commonwealth Foundation is a lead player when it comes to democracy and civil society, even if some of its members are not. The achievements of the Commonwealth demonstrates this and its experience in this field is of value to the whole world.
06/07/2009 - Commonwealth People’s Forum has now become an integral part of every CHOGM,
 
Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Attard Pirotta - Presentation The Commonwealth People’s Forum has now become an integral part of every CHOGM, 12 years since its inception it continues to be relevant in voicing the concerns, opinion and aspirations of civil society and this is precisely why governments value dialogue with the Commonwealth Peoples Forum. By its very nature, the Commonwealth Peoples Forum is very well placed to transmit and bring to the fore the issues and concerns of our citizens as they evolve over time. The Commonwealth Peoples Forum is therefore a dynamic medium and effective instrument at the Commonwealth disposal.
06/07/2009 - Tackling the Gender Pay Gap
 
Earlier this year (March 2009), The European Commission 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’ was 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.
16/03/2009 - 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.
04/03/2009 - The Portrayal of Women in Advertising
 
NCW takes note of the EC Treaty, in particular Articles 2, 3(2) and 152 and of the Community acquis in the field of women's rights and gender equality, of the Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing on 15 September 1995 and its resolution of 18 May 2000 on the follow-up to the Beijing Platform for Action ,
 
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04/04/2019 - 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.
19/02/2019 - 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!
12/02/2019 - 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!
06/02/2019 - 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
05/02/2019 - 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.
05/02/2019 - 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.
05/02/2019 - 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.
05/02/2019 - 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.
05/02/2019 - 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.
05/02/2019 - 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.
05/02/2019 - 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.
01/02/2019 - 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.
30/01/2019 - 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
30/01/2019 - Work-life Balance
 
Better work-life balance for EU citizens: Presidency reaches provisional agreement with the European Parliament
26/04/2018 - The Hague Conference on Private International Law The Parentage/Surrogacy Project
 
The Hague Conference on Private International Law The « Parentage / Surrogacy Project » Intervention of a Grouping of Human Rights Non-Governmental Organizations In March 2015, we sent to the permanent Bureau a contribution showing that surrogacy is contrary to international human rights law and proposing the creation within the UN of a Convention on the International Abolition of Surrogacy. We also requested to be consulted as part of the current work of the HCCH, in order to represent the views of civil society. Since our contribution has not been taken into account so far, we ask once again for our arguments to be considered by the Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy. We ask for a radical change of perspective in the way the issue of surrogate motherhood is dealt with.
26/04/2018 - Still the need to commemorate International Women’s Day in 2018?!
 
More than a century ago women started a fight against inequality and oppression and today, 2018, we still commemorate International Women’s Day, if perhaps not for the same oppression as in 1908, but for other forms of inequality, sexual harassment, lower pay, violence against women, femicide, modern day slavery, lack of representation on boards and in politics among others
26/10/2017 - 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.
26/10/2017 - 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 debate legalising prostitution and it reiterates its position that such a law would be a confirmation that women are considered a commodity and that women's sexual favours are there for the taking as long as one pays!
16/03/2017 - 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.
01/12/2016 - 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.
18/04/2016 - 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.
18/08/2015 - 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 .
18/08/2015 - 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.
14/05/2015 - 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.
09/03/2015 - 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.
15/01/2015 - 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.
15/10/2014 - 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. ”
08/10/2014 - 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.
29/09/2014 - (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.
29/09/2014 - (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.
10/09/2014 - 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.
31/07/2014 - 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.
30/07/2014 - 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
30/07/2014 - 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.
30/07/2014 - 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.
16/07/2014 - 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
17/06/2014 - 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.
03/06/2014 - 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
14/04/2014 - 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.
11/03/2014 - 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.
05/03/2014 - 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.
23/12/2013 - 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.
03/12/2013 - 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.
03/12/2013 - 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.
02/12/2013 - 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
23/09/2013 - 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.
17/09/2013 - 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.
17/09/2013 - 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.
03/09/2013 - 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,
26/06/2013 - 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.
23/05/2013 - European Year of Citizens 2013
 
14/05/2013 - 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.
24/04/2013 - 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.
06/03/2013 - 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.
06/03/2013 - 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.
28/02/2013 - 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  
15/02/2013 - (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.
28/01/2013 - 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.
03/12/2012 - 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
26/11/2012 - 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.
20/11/2012 - (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.
19/11/2012 - 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.
13/11/2012 - (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”.
24/10/2012 - (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
24/10/2012 - (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.
11/10/2012 - 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.
11/10/2012 - 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.
25/09/2012 - 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.
23/09/2012 - (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.
23/09/2012 - (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.
08/08/2012 - 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.
06/08/2012 - 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.
25/06/2012 - 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.
25/06/2012 - 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.
20/06/2012 - 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.
18/06/2012 - 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’
23/05/2012 - 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.
14/04/2012 - 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.
08/03/2012 - 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.
05/01/2012 - 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.
05/01/2012 - European Commission gives guidance to Europe's insurance industry to ensure non-discrimination betwe
 
Brussels, 22 December 2011 – The European Commission has adopted guidelines to help the insurance industry implement unisex pricing, after the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that different premiums for men and women constitute sex discrimination.
22/12/2011 - 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.
22/12/2011 - 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,
29/11/2011 - 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.
29/11/2011 - Prevention is key to ending violence against women, says UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay
 
[UN, New York, 5 July 2011] Prevention of violence against women was the focus of a discussion on women’s human rights held last month at the UN in Geneva in the framework of the 17th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
29/11/2011 - Commonwealth People’s Forum provides crucial interface between governments and civil society
 
Perth, Western Australia hosted the Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF) from 25th to 27th October 2011 in the run up of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) from 28 to 30th October 2011. These meetings are held every two years.
16/11/2011 - Female mentors to help woman entrepreneurs to get started
 
Brussels, 15 November 2011. A new European network of mentors to promote female entrepreneurship through the sharing of know-how and experience has been launched today by the European Commission. Women only account for 34.4% of the self-employed in Europe.
10/10/2011 - 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
19/07/2011 - The Contribution of the National Council of Women on the Divorce Bill in Committee stage (13 .07.2
 
NCW calls for careful study of implications in current divorce bill The divorce bill is in a very sensitive phase and a number of issues need to be addressed to reduce difficulties and hardship for all parties, including children that will otherwise arise when it is enacted and implemented. The National Council of Women calls on the members of the Committee that is currently studying the bill to look into these issues and others and address them, before the final law is enacted, when it goes before Parliament in the coming days.
20/06/2011 - Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of victims of gender-based and domestic violence
 
Brussels, 16/06/2011 (Agence Europe) - The Council of Europe has created a convention to protect the victims of gender-based and domestic violence. It was presented in a press conference at the European Parliament on 15 June with José Manuel Bota, chair of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and Eva-Britt Svensson, chair of the EP women's rights and gender equality committee.
16/05/2011 - Youth on the Move – starting on the journey through life
 
For many young people in Europe, the final years of school and the transition from education into work present major challenges. The economic crisis has only increased the obstacles they face in obtaining the skills and qualifications needed to secure a satisfying job and a secure place in society.
11/04/2011 - First European Equal Pay Day highlights EU earnings gap
 
Women in the European Union earn on average 17.5% less than men during their lifetimes. This stark figure will be highlighted tomorrow during the first EU-wide Equal Pay Day. This day – 5 March – marks the extra number of days in 2011 that women must work to match the amount of money earned by men in 2010. The European Commission is committed to closing the gender pay gap and published an overall strategy for gender equality in September 2010 (see IP/10/1149 and MEMO/10/430). This year’s Equal Pay Day, which aims to raise awareness of the pay gap, comes ahead of International Women's Day on 8 March.
21/03/2011 - 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.
19/03/2011 - Statement by the EWL on the adoption of a new Pact for Gender Equality (2011-2020)
 
[Brussels, 16 March 2011] The EWL has issued a Statement in the aftermath of the Council of the EU’s adoption last week of a new Pact for Gender Equality 2011-2020. While welcoming the renewed commitment of the Member States to the fulfilment of the EU Treaty ambitions in relation to equality between women and men, the EWL regrets that no binding concrete measures, including targets, are foreseen in the Pact, except the renewed commitment to the Barcelona childcare objectives.
19/03/2011 - 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.
14/03/2011 - 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.
11/03/2011 - Economic crisis casts a shadow over Women's Day celebrations
 
Vital services cut by savings measures EU citizens are battling to maintain their standard of living in the face of the economic crisis, cuts and austerity measures. Women are hit twice over: not only do cuts in public spending affect sectors which employ many women, but austerity measures also undermine the services they depend on.
07/03/2011 - International Women's Day – one hundred years after
 
Women forging the way ahead While acknowledging the work of many courageous women activists whose foresight in different parts of the world created the pathway to gender equality, not without difficulty and personal pain, NCW calls for an analysis of the Maltese situation to ensure that women forging the way ahead can be translated into action
07/03/2011 - UN Secretary-General's Message on International Women's Day
 
One hundred years ago, when the world first commemorated International Women’s Day, gender equality and women’s empowerment were largely radical ideas.  On this centenary, we celebrate the significant progress that has been achieved through determined advocacy, practical action and enlightened policy making.  Yet, in too many countries and societies, women remain second-class citizens. 
05/03/2011 - Il-Jum Internazzjonali tal-Mara – Mitt sena wara
 
Il-Kunsill Nazzjonali tan-Nisa, NCW jsellem lin-nisa qalbiena madwar id-dinja kollha li matul dawn il-mit sena kellhom vizzjoni ta’ fejn ghandha tasal li minkejja r-rezistenza u tbatija irnexxiehom ifasslu t-triq li twassal ghall-ugwaljanza bejn l-irgiel u n-nisa.
23/02/2011 - NSO/NCW Survey: Obstacles to the Participation of Women in Decision-Making Positions
 
This survey was carried out by the National Statistics Office on behalf of the National Council of Women in collaboration with NCW Vice-President Grace Attard. It was conducted amongst a sample of 1,432 persons aged 18 and over, of which 1,004 or 82.6 per cent accepted to respond. Of the respondents, 51.0 per cent were women and 49.5 per cent were gainfully occupied. The questionnaire covered a number of topics relating to women in the work-place, such as prospects for promotion and obstacles in being promoted, as well as opinions on the balance of men and women in parliament and local councils.
30/12/2010 - Seminar Caring for the Unborn Child
 
The Malta Unborn Child Movement and the Swedish Embassy in Malta, in collaboration with the Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta and the Malta Midwives Association organised the Seminar - Caring for the Unborn Child at the Auditorium of Mater Dei Hospital, on 10th December, 2010.
30/12/2010 - National Council of Women deplores decision of Council of Ministers on Maternity Leave
 
The National Council of Women deplores the negative vote leading to the defeat of the proposed directive on the extension of maternity leave by the Council of Ministers. Once again this shows that monetary priorities come before the health and safety of working mothers and their newborn child as well as the demographic deficit and related fertility rates which are nose-diving all over Europe and which are counter to economic growth.
18/11/2010 - EU and Mediterranean civil society reach historic deal on a joint Assembly
 
Civil society organisations from the EU and countries around the Mediterranean met in Rome from 10 to 12 November 2010 for the annual Euro-Mediterranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions. In what they hailed a historic move, they adopted a statute for the future civil society Assembly and agreed to seek consultative body status within the Union for the Mediterranean.
18/11/2010 - 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
14/10/2010 - Konsultazzjoni ma’ l-Imsiehba Socjali u s-Socjeta’ Civili dwar il-Budget 2011
 
Il_Konsultazzjoni dwar id-dokument ta’ qabel il-Budget tas-sena 2011 kompliet pemezz ta’ djalogu ma’ l-imsiehba socjali u s-scocjeta’ civili nhar il-Hamis 28 ta’ Settembru fil-lukanda Le Meridien, San Giljan Il-Ministru tal-Finanzi, l-Onor Tonio Fenech ghamel prezentazzjoni li fiha elenka l-oqsma fejn l-ekonomija qed tirpilja u oqsma ohra fejn iridu jittiehdu aktar mizuri ta’ ristrutturar biex tizdied b’mod sostanzjali l-produttivita’ taghhom. Tkellem ukoll dwar tbassir ghax-xhur li gejjin fejn l-istatistika tindika xejra pozittiva lejn tkabbir ekonomiku ghalkemm b’kawtela
02/08/2010 - 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.
02/08/2010 - NCW Resolution: Health and Safety at Work
 
NCW aware that health and safety at work should be seen as a key factor for economic growth and productivity. It involves not just businesses and workers but society as a whole.
02/08/2010 - NCW Resolution: Legal framework for temporary workers
 
NCW aware that a new Directive has been recently adopted at an EU level with the specific objective of regulating the employment conditions of temporary workers,
07/07/2010 - UN Women
 
The United Nations General Assembly unanimously decided to establish UN Women, the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
07/07/2010 - FITA ICT Courses Overview (2009-2010)
 
FITA (Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility) recently concluded its latest ICT training course sessions. These spanned between October 2009 and June 2010 and were held at the Maltese College for Arts Science and Technology (MCAST) ICT Institute in Paola, the Lifelong Learning Centre in Msida and at Dar L-Arka in Gozo
09/06/2010 - Self-employed workers to gain maternity and pension benefits under new EU law
 
Self-employed workers and their partners will enjoy better social protection – including the right to maternity leave for the first time – under new legislation endorsed by EU governments today.
17/05/2010 - NCW EP Public Dialogue
 
Women in Public Life - A Changing Scenario More Women in Senior positions – key to economic stability and growth
12/05/2010 - OBSTACLES TO THE PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN IN DECISION-MAKING
 
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.
25/03/2010 - More women in top jobs key to economic growth, says EU report
 
Only one in 10 board members of Europe's biggest listed companies is a woman and all central bank governors in the EU are male.
10/03/2010 - Tackling the gender pay gap – Frequently Asked Questions
 
Why do we need to tackle the gender pay gap? At 18% across Europe, the gender pay gap remains intolerably high and stubborn. Equal pay for equal work is one of the European Union’s founding principles.
10/03/2010 - Vice-President Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship - Gen
 
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.
04/03/2010 - Kunsill Nazzjonali tan-Nisa - Messagg ghal Jum il-Mara 2010
 
L-OMMIJIET LI JAHDMU M'GHANDHOMX IKUNU PENALIZZATI Il-Kunsill Nazzjonali tan-Nisa jsejjah lill-membri parlamentari ewropej kollha biex jivvutaw favor l-estensjoni tal-leave tal-maternita' u tal-leave ghall-genituri li se tkun ipprezentata fil-Parlament Ewropew fl-24 u l-25 ta' Marzu wara li fl-ahhar ta' Dicembru il-vot ma ittehidx konsegwenza ta' kontroversja bejn il-gruppi politici
04/03/2010 - International Women's Day Message
 
Women should not be penalized for being mothers The National Council of Women calls on all MEPs to vote in favour of the health and safety directive extending the length of maternity and paternity leave which will be before the European Parliament on the 24 and 25 March, after a vote failed to be taken in December of 2009.
28/01/2010 - Respecting the dignity of women and men in the media
 
NCW strongly deplores the publication and subsequent sensational media follow-up regarding the recent publication in a University students newsletter that depicts men and women in a degrading and offensive manner, under the pretext of ‘fiction’ or ‘literary’ work Without going into the legal provisions regarding such publications, NCW calls on Government, media outlets and relevant authorities responsible for media publications including print and audiovisual media
17/12/2009 - Longer parental leave and incentives for fathers
 
Longer parental leave and incentives for fathers agreed by EU ministersEuropean Commission, Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Parents will have the right to longer parental leave, under new rules agreed by EU ministers today.
30/11/2009 - SECOND MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON STRENGTHENING THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN SOCIETY
 
Marrakesh, 11th and 12th of November 2009 –
27/11/2009 - Extending maternity leave – a win-win situation
 
The proposal for a directive on the introduction of measures to extend maternity leave by four weeks is a crucial matter that merits careful consideration because it is at once a health and safety issue and a basic family-friendly matter. NCW is very concerned with the position that the Malta business community has taken against this extension, as it reflects the lack of will to seek adequate solutions.(The Times, Thursday 26.11.09)
26/11/2009 - Neqirdu il-pjaga tal-Vjolenza Domestika – Kulhadd ghandu sehem x’jaghti
 
Il-Vjolenza domestika sew psikologika, emozzjonali jew fizika tmur kontra d-dritt fundamental tal-bniedem ghall-hajja u dritt ta’ sikurezza b’mod partikolari fil-familja, l-ambjent l-aktar essenzjali ghall-hajja decenti.
02/11/2009 - 4th Congress of the Small States of Europe
 
4th CONGRESS OF THE SMALL STATES OF EUROPE The Role of Gender Equality in the Small States of Europe The National Council of Women of Malta hosted the 4th UNESCO Congress for Women Organisations from the Eight Small States of Europe from the 24 to 27 September 2009 at The Palace Hotel, Sliema.
02/11/2009 - Measures to address the financial crisis must not have adverse effects on women
 
The National Council of Women notes that the Pre-Budget 2010 Consultation document while seeking to avoid economic pitfalls, is aiming at sustaining the health and social systems in an attempt to build stability – indeed not an easy task in the current circumstances
02/11/2009 - SMEs: A favourable business environment: supporting enterprise and job creation
 
'Think Small First': A Small Business Act for Europe At a time when there is a global financial and economic crisis, it is companies, in particular SMEs that are the most sensitive and at the same time the most important elements in terms of job creation and recovery capacity. SMEs are a crucial part of our economy and a major source of employment, entrepreneurial skills and innovation
02/11/2009 - Future Skills for Future Jobs
 
Anticipating labour market and skills needs The need to address Labour Market Skills Issues at European level Europe, potentially, faces a major skills problem in the near future. Over 20 million new jobs are expected to be created between 2006 and 2020. Another 85 million jobs will be available to replace people who retire or leave the labour market for other reasons.
02/11/2009 - Breast Screening – a lifeline for women
 
The National Council of Women welcomes the long awaited breast screening programme that the Council has been pushing for in line with WHO requirements for many years
29/09/2009 - Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF)
 
Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF) CHOGM 2009 “Partnering for a More Equitable and Sustainable Future” Malta’s Consultation Monday 8th June 2009 at the Royal Hall, The Palace Sliema The Consultation in Malta was organized by the National Council of Women Malta with the support of the Commonwealth Foundation.
24/08/2009 - Partnering for a More Equitable and Sustainable Future”
 
CHOGM 2009 Commonwealth People's Forum (CPF) “Partnering for a More Equitable and Sustainable Future”
06/07/2009 - EMPOWERING CIVIL SOCIETY TO ENGAGE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS
 
The Commonwealth Foundation is a lead player when it comes to democracy and civil society, even if some of its members are not. The achievements of the Commonwealth demonstrates this and its experience in this field is of value to the whole world.
06/07/2009 - Commonwealth People’s Forum has now become an integral part of every CHOGM,
 
Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Attard Pirotta - Presentation The Commonwealth People’s Forum has now become an integral part of every CHOGM, 12 years since its inception it continues to be relevant in voicing the concerns, opinion and aspirations of civil society and this is precisely why governments value dialogue with the Commonwealth Peoples Forum. By its very nature, the Commonwealth Peoples Forum is very well placed to transmit and bring to the fore the issues and concerns of our citizens as they evolve over time. The Commonwealth Peoples Forum is therefore a dynamic medium and effective instrument at the Commonwealth disposal.
06/07/2009 - Tackling the Gender Pay Gap
 
Earlier this year (March 2009), The European Commission 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’ was 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.
29/04/2009 - L-ISPEAKER JINDIRIZZA KONFERENZA DWAR "IN-NISA MALTIN FIL-PARLAMENT EWROPEW"
 
L-iSpeaker Louis Galea dalgħodu għamel appell lill-elettorat Malti u Għawdxi biex f’din l-elezzjoni għall-Parlament Ewropew jużaw il-vot b’kuxjenza li tħaddan il-valur tal-ugwaljanza bejn in-nisa u l-irġiel.
16/03/2009 - 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.
04/03/2009 - The Portrayal of Women in Advertising
 
NCW takes note of the EC Treaty, in particular Articles 2, 3(2) and 152 and of the Community acquis in the field of women's rights and gender equality, of the Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing on 15 September 1995 and its resolution of 18 May 2000 on the follow-up to the Beijing Platform for Action ,
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