PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR SOCIAL DIALOGUE, CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

Voluntary presentation on the CSW Review Theme: achievements and challenges in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls

In her final contribution at the Commission on the Status of Women, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties Helena Dalli presented a voluntary report on Malta’s achievements and challenges in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women & Girls.

Minister Dalli started by stressing that the Maltese Government is committed to the promotion of a feminist agenda to ensure that gender equality is achieved, not in several years’ time, but during people’s lifetimes.

In view of this, Government is advancing various legislative and policy measures to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls.

Minister Dalli highlighted the rise in female employment of 9.6% over a three-year period (44% in 2012, to 53.6% in 2015 (NSO)), following amongst others the introduction of the free childcare scheme, through which parents benefit from a saving of around Euros 10,000 over a 3-year period. She then made reference to the Maternity Leave Trust Fund, which is aimed at ending indirect gender discrimination, to avoid the situation where employers would prefer to employ men instead of women in order not to pay maternity leave.

Dalli also highlighted the achievements that were made in the recognition of sex and gender minorities, and how government worked to ensure that persons falling within this category are treated equally at law and in practice through the Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act.

Another development that took place last year was the introduction of emergency contraception over the counter, following a call from civil society, and the approval provided by the Medicines Authority.

In conclusion, Minister Dalli spoke about the forthcoming legislative process regarding the full implementation of the Istanbul Convention, and the scope of the Bill that will provide an overhaul of current legislation.

In their comments to the report, Australia and Canada complemented Malta for the progress that was achieved, and expressed interest in furthering their cooperation ties with Malta in this field.

Source: Government of Malta

PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR SOCIAL DIALOGUE, CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

Voluntary presentation on the CSW Review Theme: achievements and challenges in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls

In her final contribution at the Commission on the Status of Women, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties Helena Dalli presented a voluntary report on Malta’s achievements and challenges in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women & Girls.

Minister Dalli started by stressing that the Maltese Government is committed to the promotion of a feminist agenda to ensure that gender equality is achieved, not in several years’ time, but during people’s lifetimes.

In view of this, Government is advancing various legislative and policy measures to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls.

Minister Dalli highlighted the rise in female employment of 9.6% over a three-year period (44% in 2012, to 53.6% in 2015 (NSO)), following amongst others the introduction of the free childcare scheme, through which parents benefit from a saving of around Euros 10,000 over a 3-year period. She then made reference to the Maternity Leave Trust Fund, which is aimed at ending indirect gender discrimination, to avoid the situation where employers would prefer to employ men instead of women in order not to pay maternity leave.

Dalli also highlighted the achievements that were made in the recognition of sex and gender minorities, and how government worked to ensure that persons falling within this category are treated equally at law and in practice through the Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act.

Another development that took place last year was the introduction of emergency contraception over the counter, following a call from civil society, and the approval provided by the Medicines Authority.

In conclusion, Minister Dalli spoke about the forthcoming legislative process regarding the full implementation of the Istanbul Convention, and the scope of the Bill that will provide an overhaul of current legislation.

In their comments to the report, Australia and Canada complemented Malta for the progress that was achieved, and expressed interest in furthering their cooperation ties with Malta in this field.

Source: Government of Malta