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Press Release: Prostitution and Trafficing - Posted May 12, 2017

Whilst noting that prostitution in not illegal in Malta, the Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations (MCWO) is against the regularisation of prostitution in Malta as a normal and legitimate business as this will increase the trafficking of women. Instead MCWO proposes that Malta adopts the Nordic Model which: 

1.  Decriminalises all those who are prostituted and provides support services to help those who want to exit from this trade.

2.  Makes buying people for sex a criminal offence in order to reduce the demand that drives sex trafficking.

Prostitution and sexual exploitation are the root causes of human trafficking and women constitute 85% of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.  

The MCWO together with the European Women’s Lobby and numerous feminist organisations world wide supports the Nordic Model which has been adopted in countries like Sweden, Norway, Iceland, France and Canada and which acknowledges that ending the demand for commercial sexual acts is key in the fight against pimping, procuring and trafficking.

The Confederation is an umbrella organisation that represents 12 local member organisations which collectively have around 24,000 female members. The MCWO is a full member of the Brussels based European Women’s Lobby.

“Invisible Women: Tackling a Double Challenge”: Being a woman and being disabled - Posted October 9, 2016

“Invisible Women: Tackling a Double Challenge”
Being a woman and being disabled

Verdala Palace on 12th October 2016 from 8.30am to 12.30pm

8.30 Registration

9.00 Welcome by Lorraine Spiteri, Chairperson – MCWO and Oliver Scicluna, Commissioner – CRPD

9.10 Opening Speech by HE The President of Malta

9.30 First Panel
Moderator : Ms Renee Laiviera, Commissioner and Acting Executive Director – NCPE
Rapporteur : Ms Jessica Schembri

Theme Speaker
LGBTI Dr. Claire Azzopardi Lane – Lecturer, Department of Disability Studies, Faculty of Social Wellbeing, University of Malta 
Sexuality Mr. Michael Debattista – Assistant Manager (Projects and Research), CRPD
Domestic Violence Dr. Marceline Naudi – Senior Lecturer, Department of Gender Studies, University of Malta

10.15 Reactions from the floor

10.30 Coffee Break

11.00 Second Panel

Moderator : Dr Charlotte Camilleri – Malta Employers Association

Rapporteur : Ms Elizabeth Camilleri Fava

Theme Speaker
Work &Women Ms. Olivia Farrugia – Head Of Division, Inclusive Employment Services, Jobsplus
Entrepreneurship Ms. Doris Sammut Bonnici – President,
Malta Association of Women in Business
Women in DecisionMaking Positions Ms. Solange Bonello – Feminist/Disability rights activist, Young Feminist Leaders

11.45 Reactions from the floor

12.00 Speech by the Hon Robert Cutajar – Opposition Spokesperson for Family Affairs,
Children’s Rights, Elderly and Persons with Disability

12.10 Closing speech by the Hon Justyne Caruana – Parliamentary Secretary for the Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Aging

Background information

This conference is being organised by the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) in collaboration with the Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations (MCWO).

The aim of this Conference is to promote the empowerment of women with disability to enable them participate in all sectors of society and enjoy their fundamental human rights. In spite of equality legislation in place, women today still face barriers to achieve their full participation in public and private lives, and women with disabilities face even more discrimination, hence “the Double Challenge”.

Women with disabilities are made even more invisible in society. We don’t often hear about the issues women with disabilities face everyday such as domestic violence, the lack of information about sexual health care or birth control, and issues related to mental health which are different to those affecting men. Often women with disabilities are denied of their right to a have a sexual life or enjoy their own sexual orientation. The lack of visibility hinders women with disabilities to exercise their rights and to become self-sufficient through decent employment and through entrepreneurship. Decision-making positions are still very elusive for women with disabilities.

The objective of this conference is to give recognition to the issues that hundreds of women with disabilities in Malta experience and to increase their visibility so that their concerns are addressed and their voices are heard.

Recent Press Releases:

  • Press Release: Prostitution and Trafficing - Posted May 12, 2017

    Whilst noting that prostitution in not illegal in Malta, the Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations (MCWO) is against the regularisation of prostitution in Malta as a normal and legitimate business as this will increase the trafficking of women. MCWO proposes that Malta adopts the Nordic Model.

  • “Invisible Women: Tackling a Double Challenge”: Being a woman and being disabled - Posted October 9, 2016

    This conference is being organised by the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) in collaboration with the Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations (MCWO). The objective of this conference is to give recognition to the issues that hundreds of women with disabilities in Malta experience and to increase their visibility so that their ...

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  • Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations (MCWO) supports the accessibility of the emergency contraception to women in Malta - Posted June 26, 2016

    The MCWO feels that women in Malta have the right to a wider choice of emergency contraception.

  • MCWO celebrates the adoption of the French law to reinforce the fight against the system of prostitution - Posted April 20, 2016

    The Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations (MCWO) applauds the French National Assembly by adopting a law in support of persons in prostitution and reinforcing the fight against the system of prostitution on 6 April 2016. Lorraine Spiteri, Chairperson said “the value underlying the abolition of the system of prostitution is one that aims to change ...

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  • ‘Women Ahead: Be All That You Be' Women’s Forum: A Call for Action on Gender Equality beyond 2015 - Posted November 24, 2015

    We, the participants of the first Commonwealth’s Women’s Forum, held in St Julian’s, Malta from 22 to 24 November 2015, applaud the Government of Malta for successfully hosting this Forum. The Women’s Forum requests the Commonwealth Heads of Government to endorse the Women’s Forum’s Outcome.

  • First Women’s Forum In The Margins of CHOGM Under The Theme ‘Women Ahead: Be All That You Can Be’ - Posted September 11, 2015

    For the first time the Government of Malta will host the first Women’s Forum in the margins of CHOGM under the theme ‘Women Ahead: Be All That You Can Be’. Through the Forum, it is anticipated that the issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment will remain high on the agenda of Heads of ...

  • Press Release - Pornography - Posted August 3, 2015

    The Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations shows disappointment on the new Bill 113 of 2015 which decriminalizes pornography, promotes the opening of sex shops and the licencing of TV channels that transmit pornographic content.

  • Press Release – Maternity Leave Fund - Posted July 23, 2015

    The Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations (MCWO) welcomes the launch of the Maternity Leave Fund out of which employers will be refunded for payment of paid maternity leave.

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