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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.
 

The NCW Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 25th January, 2014 at the Victoria Hotel, Sliema which officially launched the year of activities for 2014, celebrating the Council’s 50th Anniversary. In her opening address, NCW President Mary Gaerty spoke about the Council’s involvement and the ever increasing work of the past year, highlighting the various well attended seminars organised by the Council throughout the year. She emphasised the need for more women to support women, in political posts, with special reference to those contesting the coming MEP elections in May 2014. Over 50% of the Maltese population are women and this should also be reflected in National Parliament and in the forthcoming EP Elections.

The President also stressed the importance of Lifelong Learning for women, who are seeking to enter the labour market, as it is becoming increasingly difficult for women over 45 years of age. Distance learning could be an option to assist women and men who are at home caring for children, those with special needs and the elderly. Education is an essential tool both for personal growth and for acquiring employability

In its reaffirmation of previous resolutions, NCW highlighted: Policies on Female Entrepreneurship; The development of Social Economy in Malta, The Role of Men in Addressing Domestic Violence, Humanising Birth and Increasing Initiation and Duration of Breastfeeding Rates. The Council also adopted a number of resolutions relating to National and Regional Challenges. These include The Situation of Women in the Euromed; Child Pornography on the Internet; Addressing the EU Directive on 40% representation of Women in Non-Executive Positions; Gender Specific Medicine - a Major Challenge of the Future; Reform of Education Systems : Opening up Education; Addressing issues of Undocumented Migrant Children; Irregular Migration in the Euromed Region; Follow-up of the European Year of Citizens 2013; Educating the Consumer on Waste Management and Renewable Energy Resources; Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation; Campaign - Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation , A more sensitive National Sexual Assault Clinic and Perinatal Mental Health Services.

NCW was very pleased to welcome Ms. Wendy Richardson at the AGM. Ms. Richardson is NCW Hon Life Member and has been responsible for the organization and programme of the summer courses held in the Lake District for talented young Maltese musicians, winners of the NCW Bice Mizzi Vassallo Music Competition for many years

The assembly approved Honourary Life Membership on Mrs Margaret Abela, wife of His Excellency, President George Abela for her valid work as wife of the President of Malta and also for her constant contribution to the work involved with the Community Chest Fund

The members of the 2014 Executive Committee are President Mary Gaerty, Vice-presidents Grace Attard, Lara Tonna, Pauline Azzopardi, Hon General Secretary Doris Bingley, Hon Treasurer Nadyanne Mangion, Legal Advisor Dr Claudine Zarb and members Vivien Cassar, Dr Roselyn Knight, Mary Rose Zahra, Tamara Gauci, Therese Cassola, Isabelle Camilleri, Doreen Micallef, Mercedes Schembri Wismayer and Judith Debono.

 

 

Mary Gaerty

NCW President

 
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