PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR THE ECONOMY, INVESTMENT AND SMALL BUSINESSES: Removing barriers to women’s labour force participation key to recent economic success

During the third edition of the ‘Women Mean Business’ conference, an event that forms part of the SME week supported by the Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses, Minister Chris Cardona said that the under-representation of women in entrepreneurship and economic leadership costs our country dearly.

Female participation in the labour force has reached record highs. Five years ago, the number of women working between the ages of 25 and 54, was 56%�that number has now gone up to 72%. Meanwhile, the number of women working aged between 55 and 64 in 2012 was 13% in 2012, with that number now has shot up to 31%.

Whilst the number of women participating in the workforce has grown steadily, the Minister highlighted the fact that even the landscape is improving, the fight against remnants of old societal norms prevails. Real change will only happen when women in powerful and successful positions are less of an exception, said the Minister.

The government is continuously seeking to address the major causes that hinder women joining and re-joining the workforce, and to reinforce these with actions that combat stereotypes and promote role models.

The event was held with the support of the Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses together with the Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), Malta Association of Women in Business (MAWB), Business and Professional Women (BPW) and the National Council of Women of Malta (NCW). The conference also had parallel breakout sessions on personal empowerment and soft-skills for entrepreneurs.

Source: Government of Malta


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PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR THE ECONOMY, INVESTMENT AND SMALL BUSINESSES: Removing barriers to women’s labour force participation key to recent economic success

During the third edition of the ‘Women Mean Business’ conference, an event that forms part of the SME week supported by the Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses, Minister Chris Cardona said that the under-representation of women in entrepreneurship and economic leadership costs our country dearly.

Female participation in the labour force has reached record highs. Five years ago, the number of women working between the ages of 25 and 54, was 56%�that number has now gone up to 72%. Meanwhile, the number of women working aged between 55 and 64 in 2012 was 13% in 2012, with that number now has shot up to 31%.

Whilst the number of women participating in the workforce has grown steadily, the Minister highlighted the fact that even the landscape is improving, the fight against remnants of old societal norms prevails. Real change will only happen when women in powerful and successful positions are less of an exception, said the Minister.

The government is continuously seeking to address the major causes that hinder women joining and re-joining the workforce, and to reinforce these with actions that combat stereotypes and promote role models.

The event was held with the support of the Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses together with the Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), Malta Association of Women in Business (MAWB), Business and Professional Women (BPW) and the National Council of Women of Malta (NCW). The conference also had parallel breakout sessions on personal empowerment and soft-skills for entrepreneurs.

Source: Government of Malta


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