STATEMENT BY THE MINISTRY FOR EUROPEAN AFFAIRS AND EQUALITY AND PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR REFORMS, CITIZENSHIP AND ADMINISTRATIVE SIMPLIFICATION OF PROCEDURES launched the exhibition “The Way of Women in Politics’

As part of the activities on the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Parliamentary Secretariat for Reform, Citizenship and Simplification of Administrative Processes with the Speaker’s Office launched an exhibition on women’s contribution to politics to since 1947.

On its part, the Parliamentary Secretary Farrugia Portelli argued that one of the commitments of the Government, the people gave him a mandate for him in the last election, was to address the significant shortfall in the democratic life of the country. Thus, in the coming period we will be launching a consultation on a number of positive measures to encourage the participation of women in political life.

Parliamentary Secretary explained how even though women have been in the Maltese political scene for 72 years, this time all the female participation remained minimal. Julia Farrugia Portelli argued that although fortunately inbiddlet culture, there is still a lack of support structures to overcome obstacles and come to a traditional political career.

Farrugia Portelli added that this lack at least is is harmful tribute progress at international level Even when you see that in Europe the women’s media policy is 29%, while Malta is currently a 14%. She recalled that as part of the international community, committed to Malta by 2030, half of Parliament are men and half the other women.

“The idea is to nhezzu the status quo and deliver without further delay much-needed critical mass to short-term hope that women climb without having triggered the positive measures.” Parliamentary Secretary appealed to the Opposition for as there was consensus on the VOT16, the same happens in this reform does not know political colors.

On its nahta Minister for European Affairs and Gender Dr. Helena Dalli said that although women were granted the right to vote and stand for election in 1947, then a Labor Party government – the same party that appointed Agatha Barbara as the first Head of State woman – m’ghamilniex much progress since then to the above with regard to equal representation.

Dr Dalli explained that her speech today has not changed from what it did 22 years ago a similar activity which marked 50 years of universal suffragg hhul.

She said that those countries that today enjoy equal representation in all kinds historically taken some positive action to remedy the lack of female representation. Therefore, the Minister added that if taking some positive action now, will pass 70 last year and where we stay.

In this context, Helena Dalli concluded that any positive action to be done in a comprehensive background – not just temporary quotas, but a number of measures which offer support to the participation of more women in politics. The change in time to meet the Parliament was an important step in this direction and now had more to facilitate equal representation structures.

Also present at the opening of this exhibition there was the Deputy Speaker Claudette Buttigieg and a number of parliamentarians and former parliamentarians. The exhibition will be open until on Wednesday 13 March 2019 at the premises of the Malta Parliament. The opening hours are Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9.00am-san 12: 30pm. Entry is free.

Source: Government of Malta


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