PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR SOCIAL DIALOGUE, CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES: Minister Helena Dalli highlights the Maltese Presidency priorities in the area of women’s rights

Addressing an EU reception as part of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties Helena Dalli spoke about the role of the Maltese Presidency in tackling issues related to violence against women, representation of women on company boards, and the re-integration of women and men in the EU labour market.

Minister Dalli reiterated the need for the European Union to be able to move forward and prevent, combat and eliminate all forms of gender-based violence and violence against women. She also spoke on the need for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention by the European Union.

Helena Dalli said that the representation of women on company boards has been a long-standing issue at an EU level for a number of years. Minister Dalli said that the Maltese Presidency recognises the importance of the underlying objectives of this proposal and is working to make progress on the discussions on this file.

“It is only through an established and co-ordinated framework on an EU level that we can ensure that women are well-represented in the management of the listed companies and are thus on equal footing with men in such roles” added Helena Dalli.

Minister Dalli also referred to the set of Council Conclusions on the upscaling of skills of women and men which were adopted during the Maltese Presidency and emphasised the importance of training in facilitating the re-integration of women and men in the EU labour market and to support their progression.

“We need to ensure that our pledges at the Commission on the status of Women materialise into concrete results for our citizens”, concluded Helena Dalli.

Source: Government of Malta