PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR SOCIAL DIALOGUE, CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES: Minister Helena Dalli addresses the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women on behalf of the European Union

Addressing the Commission on the Status of Women in the main hall of the United Nations Building on behalf of the European Union and its Member States, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties Dr Helena Dalli reiterated the importance of economic empowerment for women and girls and equality between women and men which are prerequisites for achieving the goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Minister Dalli said that the EU remains committed to the promotion, protection and fulfilment of all human rights and to the full and effective implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the Programme of Action of the ICPD and the outcomes of their review conferences.

“We strongly encourage universal ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and its Optional Protocol. Furthermore, the EU remains committed to the effective implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, as well as subsequent resolutions on Women, Peace and Security,” added Dr Dalli.

Minister Dalli said that the EU must guarantee decent work conditions for all workers whilst also assuring equal access to all levels of education, training, goods and services and the labour market.

Dr Dalli emphasised how it is the duty of the States to ensure that equal rights between women and men in all spheres of life are enshrined in legislation and become a reality. In this context, the EU calls on all countries that have not yet done so to sign, ratify and fully implement relevant ILO Conventions.

Referring to the way in which the labour market is changing so rapidly whereby jobs are based on new digital technologies, Minister Dalli called for a closure of the global gender digital divide in technology access, use, education and training which will enable women and girls to benefit from technological and digital developments.

Dr Dalli condemned all forms of violence against women and girls, and stressed how women’s financial independence is of the essence for them to be able to get out of abusive relationships.

Minister Dalli also addressed the issue of those who are fleeing war, conflict and natural disasters, and those who decide to leave their country of origin for reasons including violence, extortion and exploitation. In this context, Dr Dalli reiterated the European Union’s commitment in implementing the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.

Source: Government of Malta