The Malta Women’s Lobby (MWL) revealed during a press conference yesterday that, out of around 30 proposals issued in 2022 via the FEMIFfesto, only 3 were seriously tackled by Malta’s government.
The update to the proposal list for International Women’s Day 2023 revealed that the proposals were sent to all political parties and were also presented to newly appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms and Equality Rebecca Buttigieg.
Out of 30 proposals, only the following 3 were implemented:
First was the call to introduce murder ‘with femicidal intent’ which allows the judges to consider the highest form of punishment (life imprisonment) whilst removing the argument of ‘crime of passion’ as a defence in such cases.
Second was the increase in paternity leave from 1 to 10 days and finally was the launch of a Gender Equality and Gender Mainstreaming Strategy and Action Plan 2022-2027. ‘This means that the rest were ignored.’
Among the other proposals which the MWL states were ignored are:
- Ensuring that migrant mothers housed in open centres are well supported with childcare services in order to allow them the possibility to enter the labour market.
- Removing VAT on sanitary products and provide free contraception.
- Introducing an office to settle cases related to equality issues between men and women.
- Introducing the Equality Model which criminalises the buyers, and reduces the demand for trafficked women and girls.
- Giving more attention and teacher training on adopting gender equality and gender-neutral approaches.
- New quotas, incentives and sanctions on private sector to ensure at least 30% of board members are women or from least represented gender.
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