PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR SOCIAL DIALOGUE, CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES: Minister Helena Dalli addresses Global Citzen event

Addressing an event co-hosted by the governments of Malta and the United Kingdom to mark Commonwealth Day, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties Helena Dalli commended Global Citizen and CHIME FOR CHANGE’s efforts to put the spotlight on the laws that discriminate on the basis of gender.

Minister Dalli noted how throughout the time as Chair of the Commonwealth, Malta worked with Global Citizen to ensure strong leadership in tackling discriminaton in the law, and in eradicating polio.

Dalli remarked how Malta initiated a legislative process to repeal an archaic law in the Criminal Code that did not criminalise perpetrators of harmful abductions of women. In addition, Malta is in the process of fully-implementing the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on domestic violence and gender-based violence.

“We’re proud to be the first Commonwealth country to have initiated a change in our laws in response to #LeveltheLaw” stated Minister Dalli.

She also spoke of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s role on the issue of polio eradication. Dalli called upon Commonwealth Leaders to follow on their promise at the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), where they promised to support all efforts to achieve a polio-free world.

“With continued political will and financial support to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), polio can soon become just the second human disease in history to be eradicated and the first milestone success of the SDG era”, concluded Minister Dalli.

Source: Government of Malta