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The gender pay gap in the EU and the European Pillar of #SocialRights
1. The gender pay gap in the EU is 16.2%, that’s 16.2% higher than it should be! Gender equality is the second key principle of the European Pillar of #SocialRights for a reason 2. The European Pillar of #SocialRights supports the right to equal treatment and opportunities regarding employment, social protection, education, and access to goods and services available to the public. Something NCW Malta has supported since its creation!
Gender Equality in the Media Sector
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.

National Council of Women
Approved Resolutions AGM 2002

REAFFIRMATION OF POLICY

The National Council of Women in conference assembled at its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 26 January 2002,

Reaffirms its policy as expressed in its resolutions and recommendations over the past years, and urges the authorities to take action on outstanding issues, particularly past resolutions on

  • Legislation on the Rights of the Child;
  • The establishing of the necessary protocol according to WHO directives regarding medical examination in alleged rape cases;
  • Legislation on Non-Governmental Organisations.


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

NCW, aware that the issue of domestic violence needs to be addressed with urgency, because it causes harm to the family unit and society as well as the individuals concerned,

Urges Government to speed up legislation, and to incorporate new and more rigorous provisions that reflect the severity of the offences not only by one partner to another, but also to closely related persons;

Recommends improved ways of supporting victims through further training for the professional groups with whom they come into contact; this includes extensive training for personnel in the criminal justice system, social welfare and health services;

Also recommends that it includes mandatory therapy for perpetrators

Also recommends that the issues of gender equality and domestic violence be emphasized in the education of professionals such as those in the teaching, medical, legal, social welfare and pastoral areas;

Also urges Government to provide support structures for victims of domestic violence who require mental health support but do not require hospitalisation.

CHILDREN’S HEALTH

NCW, mindful of the importance of the physical and mental health of children and young adults and aware of

  • violence in the home where children are affected both physically and psychologically;  
  • the ever-younger age of drug addicts;
  • the problem of child abuse,


Recommends:

  1. that perpetrators be given adequate court sentences and treatment, and be removed from the victim’s proximity;
  2. that coping skills be taught to victims, and that centres be made available, where  therapies can be offered and where victims can be followed up by professional personnel.


LEGISLATION ON TRAFFICKING OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN FOR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

NCW notes with satisfaction the recent amendments to the Immigration Act and the Criminal Code, and Malta’s signing of the Palermo Protocol;

Aware that the law has still to be enacted in Malta,

Urges Government to include in the law, a clear definition of trafficking in women and children for sexual exploitation, and to take immediate steps to prevent the proliferation of this abuse.

Recommends that police and crime prevention forces be trained to deal with international prostitution and abuse of children, and techniques to recognize victims and profiteers of such trafficking;

Recommends that the dignity and rights of these individuals be upheld.

And further recommends the strengthening of collaboration with crime prevention organisations at international level.

GENDER EQUALITY LEGISLATION

NCW notes with satisfaction the publication of the White Paper on Employment and Industrial Relations Act, which includes regulations on maternity, parental and urgent leave entitlement;

Aware that the signing of the Joint Assessment Paper by Malta and the EU Commission has committed all social partners to the implementation of gender equality legislation;

Urges Government to speed up Gender Equality Legislation.

WOMEN: EMPLOYMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

NCW, aware that two important targets of the Government’s industrial relations policy is to raise the female participation in the labour market and to fully utilise human resources;

Aware also that both the public and the private sector need to contribute to economic growth;

Notes with satisfaction the incentives in this year’s budget, which encourage individuals to set up their own business or partnership in business;

And urges Government to further facilitate the access and participation of women in the labour market by:

  • Providing affordable services to support working parents;
  • Offering incentives to parents who work to reduce the burden of child care costs;
  • Offering tax incentives and other rewards to employers in the private sector who introduce practices that encourage the participation of women in the labour market;
  • Developing financial tools to assist women entrepreneurs;
  • Widening access to vocational training systems, particularly in areas not usually accessed by women.


MALTA’S EU ACCESSION PROCESS

NCW, aware of the crucial state in Malta’s EU accession process;

Aware that the forthcoming chapters on the Environment, Agriculture and Food Safety are of particular concern to Malta;

Urges Government to ensure that impact assessment studies are carried out, so that the negotiation process can truly reflect the Maltese situation, economically and socially;

And strongly recommends that the infrastructure of these areas in particular be strengthened to reach international standards for the benefit of society.

Further urges Government to ensure that NGOs have access to EU information, technical and financial assistance, as outlined in the EU report on Civil Society and Social Dialogue of the Social Policy.

THE ENVIRONMENT

NCW, aware of the Environment Protection Act 2001 and that 2002 is the International Year of Ecotourism;

Also aware of the pressing environmental issues that Malta is facing and the financial costs involved in dealing with these problems;

Notes with satisfaction the forestation initiative of Government;

Urges Government to speed up the infrastructure for the separation of waste at source;

Recommends a hard-hitting and persistent campaign in the mass media to make the general public aware of the need to safeguard our islands from further environmental degradation;

Also recommends that schools, youth organisations and similar groups be encouraged to adopt local derelict areas and take responsibility for looking after them – thus harnessing voluntary help to government projects and cutting down costs.









 
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