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Malta Women's Lobby Acts as a national forum to discuss and highlight issues on women’s rights leading to concrete recommendations, conclusions and actions to ensure equality between women and men; Disseminates best practices in the field of women’s rights in order to guarantee equal opportunities; Contributes towards an improvement of national policy and strategy vis-à-vis women’s issues; Improves the co-operation between policy makers, NGO’s and others working in the field of women’s issues Informs, links and raises awareness, among women’s organisations, on European issues; Works directly with European institutions to ensure that women’s needs and perspectives become an equal and integral part of European policies; Keeps members updated on national and EU directives, regulations and legislation regarding women’s issues including gender budgeting and gender mainstreaming.

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The MWL is a full member of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) https://womenlobby.org
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MALTA WOMEN’S LOBBY
PRESS RELEASE | 5 DECEMBER 2022
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MOTHERS AT THE MERCY OF THEIR PERPETRATORS

Yet again another story in our newspapers (https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/my-baby-doesn-t-exist-mother-flags-legal.999349) which highlights the multiple problems and hurdles women, and especially mothers, face on a regular basis in our patriarchal society.

In this case, the state is denying the right of the mother to register her child and the true biological father. Instead, the state is forcing her to register her child under her abusive ex- husband’s name. In simple words, the state is prioritising the rights of the abuser over the rights of the mother, the child and the biological father.

This is not a rare coincidence, and women experiencing violence go through similar problems over and over again on a daily basis. For example, mothers have to get the signature of their abuser for anything related to their children, be it enrolling them into childcare or extra curriculum activities; changing their school or issuing/updating their passport, and even if they want their children to receive therapy. And if the abusive father wants to create problems and refuses to consent, the mother and the children suffer the consequences. Alternatively, the mother has to file a court application which can run into hundreds of Euros to try and resolve the issue.

This, and many similar stories suggest that many of our laws work against women and continue to uphold and sustain the patriarchy at the expense of women. They do not reflect modern society. One wonders what is stopping the government from changing such laws and updating them to ensure that abusers do not have the upper hand. Or is this too much to ask because women do not really matter in this country?
Malta Women's Lobby - MWL
Malta Women's Lobby - MWL
MALTA WOMEN’S LOBBY
PRESS RELEASE | 2 DECEMBER 2022
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WOMEN DEMAND BETTER

We operate in a culture that is misogynistic. Misogyny is about the dislike, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against girls or women. This is rampant in Malta, and the events that happened in the last two weeks in our country with the femicide of Bernice Cassar and the Andrea Prudente case, are a testament to this.

Because of this misogynistic culture, women are often ridiculed and not believed, for example when they report sexual harassment at work, stalking or violence by their intimate partner. On the contrary, they are often victimised for doing so and their claims are often dismissed.

The Malta Women’s Lobby, reiterates, that women need our full support and empathy, and words that create doubts on women perpetuate misogyny. The speech by the Leader of the Opposition this week in parliament has that chilling effect. This is not acceptable.

It is abundantly clear that women’s issues are very low on the agenda of the two main political parties.

We demand better.
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The Malta Women’s Lobby is an umbrella organisation that works in the area of women’s rights. It acts as a national forum with the aim of raising awareness and lobbying for effective change in matters related to gender equality between women and men.

Visit: https://maltawomenslobby.org for more information.
Malta Women's Lobby - MWL
Malta Women's Lobby - MWL
♀️🔴🚶‍♀️ Join IVY - Interrupting Violence towards Youth & Moviment Graffitti alongside other entities & NGOs as we march to Reclaim the Night (Fit-Triq bla Biża’). This is the first march of such nature being held in Malta. We will be marching to show resistance & demand our right to move safely in public spaces - no matter the time, the place, &/or what we are wearing! ♀️🔴🚶‍♀️

💌 ivy@antidemalta.org

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Domestic violence is everyone's business. Always pay attention to the people around you!

The next 12 days are dedicated to advocate the elimination of domestic violence against women.
Be part of it and share this post!
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#LetsEndFemicide
Commission on Gender-Based Violence & Domestic Violence
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The Department of Gender and Sexualities is back with Seminar Series, the online series which showcases the research carried out by Master of Gender Studies and Master of Gender, Society and Culture alumni.

The first seminar titled ‘Gender-Based Violence’ will take place on Wednesday 30th November between 6 PM & 7 PM via ZOOM. To register and receive the link, please send an email to martina.farrugia@um.edu.mt.
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Malta Women's Lobby - MWL
Stand up against violence against women! This week has shown again that you need to speak up before it is too late. Society needs to take action. Enough is enough.

The next 13 days are dedicated to advocate the elimination of domestic violence against women.
Be part of it and share this post!
kellimni.com
#LetsEndFemicide
Commission on Gender-Based Violence & Domestic Violence
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MALTA WOMEN’S LOBBY

PRESS RELEASE | 27 November 2022

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REACTION TO THE PRIME MINISTER’S STATEMENT

Today, the Prime Minister stated that “it is clear that the state, country and society didn’t do all that needed to be done”, because if they did, we would not have had three femicides this year.

How often have we heard this rhetoric? Why do a number of entities choose to state that “society” has failed Bernice Cassar, as well as other victims of femicide?

Words matter and the hard truth is that it is the Institutions that have failed. And institutions are run by people and funded by those in power, in other words, by the state. Shifting the “blame” onto society as a whole, implying that every member of the population bears equal responsibility for this latest femicide, is a manipulative tactic and a cynical attempt at masking the truth. When those who hold power shift blame, by watering down their responsibility and making empty promises, their behaviour is akin to that of perpetrators who gaslight, minimise their responsibility and give false assurances.

It is all well and good to churn out the usual clichés, that “we must do better”, or promising to implement the right reforms to effect change.

Bernice Cassar did everything in her power, and more, to keep herself and her children safe.

We do not need another inquiry to tell us if anything could have been done differently. What we need is action, action that should have been taken when the recommendations of a government study into domestic violence were presented to the authorities a year ago. This same study exposed how victims’ lives are kept on hold because of an under resourced DV unit, exhausted police officers, court delays and a general communication breakdown between relevant entities. A study that remains unpublished, and that only came to light after a newsroom, The Times of Malta, obtained a copy through the Freedom of Information Act request.

Additionally, the study, which cost the Maltese coffers €20,000, only confirms what the NGOs, who are in the know, have been pointing out for years, and yet, these same NGOs, are never consulted when it matters.

Prime Minister, the recommendations were on your desk, 12 months ago, but they were left to gather dust.

Words matter, Prime Minister.

It’s time to put your money where your mouth is.

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The Malta Women’s Lobby is an umbrella organisation that works in the area of women’s rights. It acts as a national forum with the aim of raising awareness and lobbying for effective change in matters related to gender equality between women and men.

Visit: https://maltawomenslobby.org for more information.

 

Talk No 1 – Prostitution the Oldest Oppression – 14.4.2021

Talk No 2 – Women’s Bodies: Objectification and Sexualisation – 20.4.2021

Talk No 3 : Addressing the Myths about Prostitution – 27.4.2021

Talk No 4 : The Nordic Model – Talk on Prostitution and Trafficking – 5.5.2021

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