Although the marches and celebrations started at the turn of the 20th Century , 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.News briefs report only violence that has resulted in deaths but these are only the tip of the iceberg.
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.
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.
Can businesses and politics afford to wait that long to reap the benefits of gender equality in leadership positions.
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.
” 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.
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.
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 .
Three years ago the Embryo Protection Act was enacted.
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 The Budget presented by the Minister yesterday reflected the present situation where more social responsibility on the part of the government required an input.