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Human dignity should be respected at all times.
The National Council of Women would like to express its concern about the video posted online portraying men pelting a woman with eggs during a stag party. Human dignity should be respected at all times. As a society, we should condemn any type of abuse even if this is done by consent for financial gain.
OSCE/ODIHR anti-trafficking survey for survivors of trafficking in human beings
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has received numerous responses and has decided to extend the submission due date for the survey of survivors of human trafficking to Monday 26 August 2019.
NEW TASK FORCE AT EUROPOL TO TARGET THE MOST DANGEROUS CRIMINAL GROUPS INVOLVED IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING
On 2 July, the Joint Liaison Task Force Migrant Smuggling and Trafficking in Human Beings (JLT-MS) was launched at Europol. This new operational platform will allow liaison officers from all EU Member States to step up the fight against constantly adapting criminal networks.
Malta is EU country with highest rate of tertiary education graduates in employment
A report in the Independent states that Malta stood above the EU average in 2018 when it came to the employment rate of graduates aged 20-34 who had attained a tertiary level education within the previous three years,
European Commission
On 2 July 2019, Ursula von der Leyen was nominated by the European Council to the position of President of the European Commission; she will be the first women and the first German since Walter Hallstein
Equal opportunities and access to the labour market
1. Education, training and life-long learning Everyone has the right to quality and inclusive education, training and life-long learning in order to maintain and acquire skills that enable them to participate fully in society and manage successfully transitions in the labour market. 2. Gender equality Equality of treatment and opportunities between women and men must be ensured and fostered in all areas, including regarding participation in the labour market, terms and conditions of employment and career progression. Women and men have the right to equal pay for work of equal value.
The gender pay gap in the EU and the European Pillar of #SocialRights
1. The gender pay gap in the EU is 16.2%, that’s 16.2% higher than it should be! Gender equality is the second key principle of the European Pillar of #SocialRights for a reason 2. The European Pillar of #SocialRights supports the right to equal treatment and opportunities regarding employment, social protection, education, and access to goods and services available to the public. Something NCW Malta has supported since its creation!
Gender Equality in the Media Sector
This study was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality. It examines key elements of the European policy agenda pertaining to gender equality in the media sector. It also reviews existing research on women's representation within media content and the media workforce. The study provides analysis of actions to promote gender equality in the media at both EU and Member State levels. Finally, it presents case studies of gender equality in the media sector in four Member States: Austria, Malta, Sweden, and the UK.
Empowering women and girls in media and ICT
On the occasion of the International Women's Day, the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality is holding an inter-parliamentary committee meeting on empowering women and girls in media and ICT. The meeting, which will bring together EU institutional representatives, members of EU national parliaments, experts and stakeholders, will take place on 08 March 2018. The presentation and debates will deal with the topics of women shaping media, empowering women and girls through digital inclusion and women’s movements and advancing equality in the digital age.
Digital healthcare / health insurance
In the view of the EESC, given the digital revolution in the field of health, it is vital to maintain and promote a health insurance system which serves the needs of everyone, and is solidarity-based, inclusive and non-discriminatory. Inclusion and fair access for all to good quality health services (digital or otherwise) and commitment to these are in fact prerequisites for universal health coverage.
Gender equality in European labour markets
In order to improve gender equality in labour markets, the EESC considers it necessary to draw up an integrated and ambitious European strategy to tackle systemic and structural obstacles and lead to adequate policies, measures and EU funding programmes for improving equality between women and men, thus fostering "more equal economic independence of women and men" . This would also contribute to the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
Services to the family
Developing services in private homes in order to achieve a better work-life balance Every family has a home and clothes to maintain, meals to prepare, children to care for, elderly parents or ill or disabled family members who need help. Women often have to work part-time in order to carry out these tasks, missing out on the career for which they have trained or on time they would use for training.
Women and girls digital gender gap
This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the FEMM Committee, attempts to reveal the links between the different factors (access, skills, socio-economic and cultural), which prevent women from having equal access to digital technology. It then suggests ways of dealing with online and offline inequalities to the effect of closing the digital gender gap and improving women’s and girls’ digital inclusion and future technology-related career paths.
Plastics, human health and environmental impacts: The road ahead
Plastics have been with us for more than a century, and by now they’re everywhere, for good and for ill. Plastic containers and coatings help keep food fresh, but they can also leave behind neurotoxins such as BPA in the human body. PVC is used for everything from pipes and flooring to furniture and clothes, but it contains compounds called phthalates that have been implicated in male reproductive disorders. Studies have also shown that childhood exposure to environmental pollutants can have significant negative effects later in life, including reduced labor force participation and even earnings.
European Commission aims to significantly reduce the gender pay gap
The European Commission plans to use a series of measures aimed at significantly reducing the pay gap between men and women over the next five years. The average gender pay gap in the EU currently stands at 18%. To lower this rate, the Commission plans to raise awareness among employers, encourage initiatives to promote gender equality and support the development of tools to measure the gender pay gap.
NCW Annual General Meeting 2019
NCW Annual General Meeting 2019 The Annual General Meeting of the National Council of Women was held on Saturday 26th January 2019, at The Victoria Hotel, Sliema. President Mary Gaerty spoke about the work which the Council has embarked on during 2018. This included pensions, education, violence against women, work and entrepreneurship, work life balance and the challenges faced by women on a daily basis. She also highlighted the fact that the National Council of Women is looking ahead at the constant changes
Work-life Balance
Better work-life balance for EU citizens: Presidency reaches provisional agreement with the European Parliament
The National Council of Women supports the Act to provide protection for human embryos
NCW has always advocated for legislation of alternative IVF treatment not least because of the sensitivity and the consequences for both parents and society if it had to remain unregulated. NCW believes that IVF treatment should be for heterosexuals within a stable family environment The Council has always supported the protection of embryos as the first cell of a human life and, with the development of alternative treatment over the past years this has become possible successfully.
Women on Boards: Vice-President Viviane Reding meets with leaders of Europe's business schools and i
Today, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding met with European Industry Associations, European Business Schools and Senior Executive Women to discuss progress being made on improving the gender balance in company boardrooms.
UfM adopts new project to support women’s empowerment in the Mediterranean
A project aimed at developing women’s empowerment in the Mediterranean through the development of effective field projects and the setting up of networks and platforms, was adopted by Senior Officials of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) at a meeting held last month.

Approved Resolutions 2006

National Council of Women
Annual General Meeting
January 2006

The National Council of Women in Conference assembled at its Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 28 January 2006

Notes with satisfaction measures taken by Government and relevant authorities in implementing a number of NCW recommendations and resolutions of the past years including

  • Measures taken by the NCPE regarding equality at the workplace ad portrayal of women in the media
  • Further measures for the implementation of gender equality policy and sexual harassment policy at the workplace
  • Incentives in Budget 2006 to increase investment in R&D
  • Legislation on domestic violence
  • The publication of the White Paper on the Voluntary Sector


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

  • Setting up the necessary mechanism to implement the Principle of Equal Pay For Work of Equal Value according to the EIRA
  • Measures to provide childcare facilities for the 5-14 age group
  • Further measures for equal representation of men and women in decision-making posts
  • Legislation on Bioethics
  • More Awareness of preventive health for all ages
  • To further develop interdisciplinary protocols in case of alleged rape as defined by WHO


Resolutions for Approval

1. European Year of Equal Opportunities for All (2007)

Mainstreaming Diversity

Background

The European Commission’s Communication on the Social Agenda for the Period 2005-2010 emphasised the importance of promoting equal opportunities for all in order to achieve a more cohesive society.

It announced the Commission’s intention to develop a new framework strategy on non-discrimination and equal opportunities for all. One of the major initiatives announced is to propose that 2007 be designated European Year of Equal Opportunities for All. The global objective of the Year is to raise awareness of the benefits of a just, cohesive society where there is equality of opportunity for all. This will require tackling barriers o participation in society and promoting a climate in which Europe’s diversity is seen as a source of social and cultural vitality.

NCW, fully supporting the initiative that 2007 be designated European Year of Equal Opportunities for All

Aware
that although there have been significant legislative changes at European and National level in the anti-discrimination field, further action is required to ensure more consistent implementation of equal opportunities and non-discrimination.

Aware
That there are social and economic arguments in favour of ensuring equal opportunities for all individuals

Recommends

  • that the discrimination on each ground – gender, race or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age and sexual orientation should be prohibited in the areas of employment, training, education, social protection, social advantages and access to goods and services


Also recommends

  • That plans for the European Year of Equal Opportunities to highlight areas that can be overlooked such as young people, including children who experience age discrimination, individuals who experience multiple discrimination on several grounds and inhabitants who are affected by discrimination because of lack of access to required services
  • That NGOs, as well as representatives of minority groups, and relevant organisations representing them are involved in all stages and at all levels of implementation and that in planning, implementing and monitoring, there is adequate communication with NGOs
  • That a balance of equality of opportunities is ensured so that all individuals and not only groups are represented
  • That both horizontal and vertical discrimination are addressed that will make equal opportunities realistic as such measures will provide for ‘different’ opportunities
  • that attention be paid to the allocation of financial resources and that further legislation and proper structures to sustain initiatives in the long term are in place.
  • That gender mainstreaming which contributes to the development of tools and mechanisms to integrate the gender dimension is included at every stage of regional and cohesion policy


2. Integrating Young people in Society and Working Life

Background

At the Spring European Council of 22 -23 March, the EU Heads of State and Government adopted a ‘European Youth Pact. Four principal issues were identified: the vulnerability of young people; the need to develop solidarity across generations, in an ageing society; the need to equip young people through their education and training; the need for better coherence across all policy areas that concern young people.

In response to the Spring Council Conclusions, the European Commission adopted a package of guidelines including Broad Economic Policy Guidelines and the Employment Guidelines with the aim to co-ordinate the employment policies of the member states. In the latter guidelines specific reference is made to the Youth Social Pact.

NCW aware

  • of the importance that the Employment Guidelines give to the need to build employment pathways for young people.
  • that young people are more at risk of unemployment and if at work of low income employment


stresses the need

  • for more effective initiatives for the reduction of youth unemployment – minimum of 50% in the period 2006-2010
  • to reduce the number of early school leavers, increase access to initial vocational, secondary and higher education including apprenticeships and entrepreneurship training
  • to speed up the development of frameworks to support the transparency of qualifications, their effective recognition and their validation of non-formal and informal learning
  • to devise schemes for knowledge transfer so that older workers' skills and wide experience over many years can be passed on in such a way that younger people are happy to take "old" knowledge on board and make it a part of their "new" body of knowledge, both for their own benefit and the benefit of their company
  • to improve measures to promote the social inclusion of young people, in particular to combat the problem of young people who are not in education, training, employment or registered as unemployed
  • set targets to reduce the gender gap as regards vocational and technological training and wage differences at the time of recruitment
  • promote the importance of foreign language competence in improving education and employment opportunities as well as mobility of young people
  • foster young entrepreneurship by providing financial and technical support and providing the necessary measures for these initiatives at tertiary education level to encourage transferring and establishing of an enterprise


Active Participation in Society

NCW aware
of the importance of the active participation and autonomy of young people not only in the labour market but in society at large and the contribution to the personal development of young people and the skills, values and attitudes that young people gain, and to their sense of initiative and their social integration

Recommends

  • The recognition of youth work activities including their contribution to voluntary work in a wide range of areas at different levels, that also make it possible for social welfare services to make them less costly
  • That greater consideration is given to young people in disadvantaged situations who do not have access to high quality education, leisure facilities and access to information especially regarding opportunities.


Also calls on

  • The recognition of youth work activities including their contribution to voluntary work in a wide range of areas at different levels, that also make it possible for social welfare services to make them less costly
  • That greater consideration is given to young people in disadvantaged situations who do not have access to high quality education, leisure facilities and access to information especially regarding opportunities.


3. Towards better integration of immigrants in society

Background
The European Council of 4 and 5 November 2004 adopted the second multi-annual programme for the creation of a common area of Freedom, Security and Justice in the European Union – the Hague Programmed: strengthening freedom, security and Justice in the European Union (Council OJ C 53 of 3.3.2005)

The European Council invited the European Commission to draw up an action plan in which the proposals of Hague programme were to be translated into concrete actions. On 10 May 2005, the European Commission published a communication entitled The Hague Programmed: Ten Priorities for the next five years – The partnership for European renewal in the field of Freedom, Security and Justice. It sets out strategic objectives for the next five years and includes a timetable for the adoption of a package of policies and legislative initiatives in these areas.

Freedom
Respect for fundamental rights and civil liberties is one of the pillars of European integration and a principal objective of the Union. The creation of a common area of Freedom, Security and Justice requires full respect for the dimension of freedom comprising among other key instruments the European Convention for the protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.

The Hague Programme states that the European Council welcomed the extension of the mandate of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia towards a Fundamental Rights Agency, to protect and promote fundamental Rights. The Agency was established at the end of June 2005.

Integration
The integration of migrants is vital to the social cohesion within Member States. Otherwise there is the risk of social exclusion and alienation of these migrants and their children and grandchildren who are born and raised within the EU.

NCW recommends

  • That the transposition and implementation of existing asylum-related instruments in particular temporary protection and minimum standards for reception conditions are consistent with the obligations stemming from international conventions on human rights and the 1951 Geneva Convention


Whilst NCW fully supports the draft Constitutional Treaty that sets the limits for common legislation in particular the right of member states to ‘determine volumes of admission’

NCW calls on

Government and MEPs representing Malta at EU to use their influence and powers to ensure that the Community method of coordination will improve

  • The fight against the black economy and illegal employment
  • Border control and the fight against trafficking in human beings
  • Integration policies
  • That an adequate budget for integration polices in the 2007-2013 financial perspectives


NCW also recommends an integration programme that includes

  • Initial welcome: information and advice and teaching of language and customs
  • Integration into the labour market with equal treatment
  • Access to education without discrimination
  • Integration in cities avoiding impoverished segregationist urban ghettoes
  • Access to health care and other public services with equal treatment
  • A national educational campaign to foster tolerance and acceptance of diversity
  • That NGOs take initiatives at community level to promote tolerance and acceptance of diver


4. Childcare Provision

NCW aware of the need

  • to remove the obstacles so that both parents have the choice to be active in the labour market.
  • Of accessible and affordable day-care facilities for children and others such as the elderly or dependent persons with disability in need of care are to be made available
  • Also aware that a number of mothers are unable to enter the labour market or retain their job or opt for part-time work because of the lack of accessible childcare facilities for older children. Parents are often constrained to leave children between 5 and 14 at home on their own after school hours and during holidays.


Recommends

  • the implementation of after school programmes on the school premises providing a holistic and creative learning environment for this age group. The services of retired individuals and others who have expertise in educational fields and traditional skills can be utilized in line with the policy of active elderly
  • to provide extra-curricular activities in a number of areas including drama and sports among others
  • offer assistance with homework and new methods to foster a love for reading, creative writing etc
  • develop creativity of children in areas including art, music and thinking skills among others


5. Preparation for Partnership in marriage

NCW notes the need for better preparation courses for couples presenting a fundamental attitude of ‘partnership’ preparation that would cater for the work-life balance needs of today

NCW recommends

  • that Lifelong Learning Education includes units that address aspects of ‘partnership’


also recommends

  • the setting up of an agency, making use of expertise of relevant NGOs to organize schemes of preparation for partnership courses, in modules for couples to choose from, according to their needs.


6. Promoting local agricultural products

Aware
of the increase in the importation and sale of foreign grown vegetables and fruit
that are being sold instead of those locally grown in particular potatoes, tomatoes, carrots and garlic
aware also of the rules of free trade

NCW recommends

  • An effective marketing and promotion policy and its implementation of local agricultural products
  • innovative structures such as farmers co-operatives, together with the co-ordination of other stakeholders for the production, marketing and promotion of agricultural products

7. Women and Work

  • NCW notes that a high percentage of all Maltese women still do not officially participate in the labour market, giving them the lowest participation rate in the EU.
  • acknowledges the personal, as well as economic and social benefits, of a higher participation rate, including the multiplier effect of more women at risk in that every 100 women who work would generate an additional 15 jobs in the economy;
  • recognises that there is the need for work-life balance for both parents to be able to foster family values and achieve financial autonomy


NCW recommends that

  • proposals submitted in the National Action Plan are implemented.
  • Government considers incentives, through lower social security contributions or taxation measures, to encourage more flexible work arrangements for both parents and
  • the Malta Council for Social and Economic Development recommends to Government measures and incentives to facilitate flexibility at the workplace and that these recommendations be further extended in other working sectors across the island

8. Children at Risk

NCW notes that,

  • in today’s modern society, much is said about the many opportunities open to all, but insufficient thought is given to the risks to which many children are exposed;
  • is concerned at the increasing physical and moral risks to which children of different ages are being exposed;
  • is aware that these risks range from physical abuse (such as domestic violence) through moral dangers (such as access to inappropriate material on the Internet) to denial of their basic human rights, and can occur within the family unit and outside it;
  • recognises that the threats to children affect children in all social classes;


NCW recommends that

  • further research on the trends that give rise to such risks is carried out in order to address these issues with appropriate measures
  • more trained support staff, including social workers and psychologists to assist both children at risk and their parents;
  • that existing official and voluntary structures assisting unmarried mothers and families in distress are assessed and upgraded to give professional service in order to minimize the negative effects on children
  • that child poverty, resulting in health and education issues, all forms of violence, abuse and neglect which impact severely on a child’s future be given priority
  • more effective measures focusing on the health of children and young people and healthy lifestyles, in particular to combat obesity are given priority (more than 14million children in Europe are overweight, including 3 million obese with the number increasing by 400,000 each year)



 
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