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European Commission
On 2 July 2019, Ursula von der Leyen was nominated by the European Council to the position of President of the European Commission; she will be the first women and the first German since Walter Hallstein
Equal opportunities and access to the labour market
1. Education, training and life-long learning Everyone has the right to quality and inclusive education, training and life-long learning in order to maintain and acquire skills that enable them to participate fully in society and manage successfully transitions in the labour market. 2. Gender equality Equality of treatment and opportunities between women and men must be ensured and fostered in all areas, including regarding participation in the labour market, terms and conditions of employment and career progression. Women and men have the right to equal pay for work of equal value.
The gender pay gap in the EU and the European Pillar of #SocialRights
1. The gender pay gap in the EU is 16.2%, that’s 16.2% higher than it should be! Gender equality is the second key principle of the European Pillar of #SocialRights for a reason 2. The European Pillar of #SocialRights supports the right to equal treatment and opportunities regarding employment, social protection, education, and access to goods and services available to the public. Something NCW Malta has supported since its creation!
Gender Equality in the Media Sector
This study was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality. It examines key elements of the European policy agenda pertaining to gender equality in the media sector. It also reviews existing research on women's representation within media content and the media workforce. The study provides analysis of actions to promote gender equality in the media at both EU and Member State levels. Finally, it presents case studies of gender equality in the media sector in four Member States: Austria, Malta, Sweden, and the UK.
Empowering women and girls in media and ICT
On the occasion of the International Women's Day, the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality is holding an inter-parliamentary committee meeting on empowering women and girls in media and ICT. The meeting, which will bring together EU institutional representatives, members of EU national parliaments, experts and stakeholders, will take place on 08 March 2018. The presentation and debates will deal with the topics of women shaping media, empowering women and girls through digital inclusion and women’s movements and advancing equality in the digital age.
Digital healthcare / health insurance
In the view of the EESC, given the digital revolution in the field of health, it is vital to maintain and promote a health insurance system which serves the needs of everyone, and is solidarity-based, inclusive and non-discriminatory. Inclusion and fair access for all to good quality health services (digital or otherwise) and commitment to these are in fact prerequisites for universal health coverage.
Gender equality in European labour markets
In order to improve gender equality in labour markets, the EESC considers it necessary to draw up an integrated and ambitious European strategy to tackle systemic and structural obstacles and lead to adequate policies, measures and EU funding programmes for improving equality between women and men, thus fostering "more equal economic independence of women and men" . This would also contribute to the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
Services to the family
Developing services in private homes in order to achieve a better work-life balance Every family has a home and clothes to maintain, meals to prepare, children to care for, elderly parents or ill or disabled family members who need help. Women often have to work part-time in order to carry out these tasks, missing out on the career for which they have trained or on time they would use for training.
Women and girls digital gender gap
This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the FEMM Committee, attempts to reveal the links between the different factors (access, skills, socio-economic and cultural), which prevent women from having equal access to digital technology. It then suggests ways of dealing with online and offline inequalities to the effect of closing the digital gender gap and improving women’s and girls’ digital inclusion and future technology-related career paths.
Plastics, human health and environmental impacts: The road ahead
Plastics have been with us for more than a century, and by now they’re everywhere, for good and for ill. Plastic containers and coatings help keep food fresh, but they can also leave behind neurotoxins such as BPA in the human body. PVC is used for everything from pipes and flooring to furniture and clothes, but it contains compounds called phthalates that have been implicated in male reproductive disorders. Studies have also shown that childhood exposure to environmental pollutants can have significant negative effects later in life, including reduced labor force participation and even earnings.
European Commission aims to significantly reduce the gender pay gap
The European Commission plans to use a series of measures aimed at significantly reducing the pay gap between men and women over the next five years. The average gender pay gap in the EU currently stands at 18%. To lower this rate, the Commission plans to raise awareness among employers, encourage initiatives to promote gender equality and support the development of tools to measure the gender pay gap.
NCW Annual General Meeting 2019
NCW Annual General Meeting 2019 The Annual General Meeting of the National Council of Women was held on Saturday 26th January 2019, at The Victoria Hotel, Sliema. President Mary Gaerty spoke about the work which the Council has embarked on during 2018. This included pensions, education, violence against women, work and entrepreneurship, work life balance and the challenges faced by women on a daily basis. She also highlighted the fact that the National Council of Women is looking ahead at the constant changes
Work-life Balance
Better work-life balance for EU citizens: Presidency reaches provisional agreement with the European Parliament
The National Council of Women supports the Act to provide protection for human embryos
NCW has always advocated for legislation of alternative IVF treatment not least because of the sensitivity and the consequences for both parents and society if it had to remain unregulated. NCW believes that IVF treatment should be for heterosexuals within a stable family environment The Council has always supported the protection of embryos as the first cell of a human life and, with the development of alternative treatment over the past years this has become possible successfully.
Women on Boards: Vice-President Viviane Reding meets with leaders of Europe's business schools and i
Today, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding met with European Industry Associations, European Business Schools and Senior Executive Women to discuss progress being made on improving the gender balance in company boardrooms.
UfM adopts new project to support women’s empowerment in the Mediterranean
A project aimed at developing women’s empowerment in the Mediterranean through the development of effective field projects and the setting up of networks and platforms, was adopted by Senior Officials of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) at a meeting held last month.

NCW Malta

Nature of Organisation

The National Council of Women of Malta (NCW) is an independent, non-sectarian, voluntary organisation based on adult, individual membership and the affiliation of non-governmental organisations. As a co-ordinating body it aims to act to improve the status of women and the well-being of society; to present a broad and comprehensive view of women's opinions on matters of national interest based on human rights

The National Council of Women Malta, working with its affiliated associations, is the leading women’s organisation responding to consultation papers from Government and other agencies. Together with its affiliated organisations, NCW analysis opinions and concerns and submits related documents to members of Parliament, Ministries and Government bodies, Commissions and other stakeholders and regularly follows them up.

Over the years, NCW has acted as a pressure group on government policy through resolutions that are approved at the Annual General Meetings, and memoranda and documents addressed to specific ministries and other relevant stakeholders. Their impact on public opinion has been considerable. Many of these resolutions have been accepted and incorporated in legislation. .NCW carries out research on topics dealing with social policy, education and gender equality

NCW issues a quarterly newsletter entitled Il-Mara (Woman), containing news on the Council, reports on the Council’s major events and those upcoming in the following three months, informative articles on current issues and news on international events.

NCW is a Learning Centre for Adults where Lifelong Learning Programmes in Empowerment, English, Maltese, Mathematics and ITC are run for men and women of all ages. NCW also organises courses in leadership, introduction to entrepreneurship and public speaking amongst others. NCW regularly orgnaises talks and seminars for different sectors of society

NCW also publishes articles and press releases in local newspapers and participates in TV and radio discussion programmes. The Council studies and presents proposals on current national issues, such as family friendly structures at the workplace; flexicurity; gender mainstreaming; consumer information; domestic violence; children’s rights; environmental issues and women’s health; equal opportunities for women and men and other emerging issues.

Subjects of current concern are studied and formulates resolutions based on current issues to underpin and strengthen NCW’s work with Government and NCW affiliates.

 NCW Malta is a member of the International Council of Women (ICW) which is a UN-accredited NGO with affiliated national councils from every continent.

 ICW has permanent representatives at meetings of UN agencies in New York,

 Vienna, Geneva, Rome, Paris and Nairobi.  It holds advocacy sessions annually at the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

 ICW offers training on CEDAW reporting (Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women)

 NCW Malta has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

 Doreen Micallef is Vice-President of the European Centre of the International

Council of Women (ECICW) which is in consultative status with the Council

of Europe.

 Grace Attard represents the Maltese Civil Society as a member of the European Economic and Social Committee,(EESC) working in the SOC Section, (Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship) and the Euromed Follow-Up Committee

 Doris Bingley is a member of the Commonwealth Foundation Civil Society

Advisory Committee based in London and focal point for the Commonwealth

Women’s Network.

 NCW Malta is a member of the MEUSAC and on the Civil Society Committee of MCESD

 NCW Malta holds the Vice-Presidency of the Forum of Civil Society Organisations (Malta)

 NCW is a member organisation of the Anna Lindh Foundation Network.

 NCW is an associate member of the European Volunteer Centre (CEV) and an associate member of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL)

 NCW chaired the working group on Gender Equality legislation

 NCW was also a member of the working group on Domestic Violence and the Voluntary Organisations Legislation

Thirty three local organisations are affiliated to the National Council of Women of Malta

 
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