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Monday, 11 March 2013 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Impact of the economic crisis on gender equality and women's rights - Eliminating gender stereotypes in the EU - Situation of women in North Africa (debate)
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  John Attard-Montalto (S&D), in writing. – One of the most disturbing statistics in Malta relates to the participation of women in all spheres. This applies to the number of women who are parliamentarians, judges, chairpersons, directors, managers and the number of women who are part of the labour force both in academic and non-academic areas. Malta does not score positively on this subject. To a certain extent this may be attributed to the fact that Malta’s social background is not liberal, as well as to lack of opportunities. But today this cannot be quoted as an excuse. In order to increase women’s participation this has to be backed by investment in areas related to crèches and after-school care. The country has to economically sustain meaningful maternity/paternity leave. Here lies the Maltese paradox. The economic crisis has only had a marginal effect in Malta. And yet one would have expected more investment to integrate women into the labour market. This has not happened yet. Many countries in the European Union have been able to address gender equality and women’s rights with much more success than in Malta. It would be to our benefit to emulate these countries so as to achieve better statistics where these two important issues are concerned.

 
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