PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR SOCIAL DIALOGUE, CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES: Minister Helena Dalli outlines the Maltese Government’s work in order to combat violence against women and girls

Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties Helena Dalli participated in a conference on the elimination of violence against women during an event by the Commission for the Advancement of Women.

Whilst outlining the government’s work in this area and in the field of LGBTIQ equality, Minister Dalli said that Malta is currently working to achieve full implementation of the Istanbul Convention across all laws, and on the repeal of archiac provisions that are not in line with the Convention.

These include the widening of the remit of the Commission on Domestic Violence to cover all gender-based violence as well as domestic violence; the revision of punishments for crimes relevant to this area which are found in the Criminal Code; the eviction of the perpetrator from the residence where there is imminent danger for the victim, and various amendments to a number of provisions.

“We will not be content with legislative changes alone. Instead, we want to ensure that this change happens across the board”, insisted Dr Dalli.

Minister Dalli said that in view of this, a strategic policy document is being developed with the aim of improving all national systems dealing with gender-based violence.

Awareness is also being raised with extra attention being paid to groups in higher risk of violence, such as survivors of violence, migrant women, disabled women and LGBTIQ women.

The event was also attended by civil society organisations, social partners, representatives from the European Women’s Lobby and from the World Health Organisation.

Source: Government of Malta

PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR SOCIAL DIALOGUE, CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES: Minister Helena Dalli outlines the Maltese Government’s work in order to combat violence against women and girls

Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties Helena Dalli participated in a conference on the elimination of violence against women during an event by the Commission for the Advancement of Women.

Whilst outlining the government’s work in this area and in the field of LGBTIQ equality, Minister Dalli said that Malta is currently working to achieve full implementation of the Istanbul Convention across all laws, and on the repeal of archiac provisions that are not in line with the Convention.

These include the widening of the remit of the Commission on Domestic Violence to cover all gender-based violence as well as domestic violence; the revision of punishments for crimes relevant to this area which are found in the Criminal Code; the eviction of the perpetrator from the residence where there is imminent danger for the victim, and various amendments to a number of provisions.

“We will not be content with legislative changes alone. Instead, we want to ensure that this change happens across the board”, insisted Dr Dalli.

Minister Dalli said that in view of this, a strategic policy document is being developed with the aim of improving all national systems dealing with gender-based violence.

Awareness is also being raised with extra attention being paid to groups in higher risk of violence, such as survivors of violence, migrant women, disabled women and LGBTIQ women.

The event was also attended by civil society organisations, social partners, representatives from the European Women’s Lobby and from the World Health Organisation.

Source: Government of Malta