Celebrating 70th anniversary since Maltese women won the right to vote

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Celebrating 70th anniversary since Maltese women won the right to voteAn event which was held at the Ministry for Gozo this week, celebrated the seventieth year since Maltese women won the right to vote.

The Road to Women’s Suffrage and Beyond – was organised by the Ministry for Gozo and the Central Bank of Malta.

It was on 25 – 27 October 1947, the women of Malta exercised for the first time the right to vote.

This had been enshrined in the 1947 Constitution, which was promulgated in September 1947 and which reconstituted self-government to Malta.

Dr Carmen Sammut, pro-rector of the University of Malta, spoke on the difficult struggle that led to this achievement, a struggle that began early in the twentieth century.

She emphasised that although universal suffrage (albeit only for persons over the age of 21, as opposed to the demand for the vote for all over the age of 18 by the more progressive elements of the National Assembly) was provided for in the 1947 Constitution, the road to effective gender equality continues.

The event was introduced by Jesmond Gatt, Chief Officer Banking Services at the Central Bank of Malta, followed by Elaine Lenzo, Senior Officer at the Central Bank’s Currency Operations Office, with an informative talk on coins issued by the Central Bank of Malta to mark landmarks in Maltese constitutional history. Details of the latest coin are shown below.

A study on the subject by Dr Carmen Sammut “The Road to Women’s Suffrage and Beyond: Women’s Enfranchisement and the Nation-Building Project in Malta,” will be published by the Central Bank of Malta on the 18th of December.

The Minister for Gozo, Dr Justyne Caruana, concluded the event with a speech focused on the difficulties that prevent women from giving a greater contribution in politics. Musical interludes were played by Britt Arend, Principal Harp of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Central Bank of Malta is issuing a silver coin today to mark the 70th Anniversary of the attainment of the right to vote by Maltese women

Designed and engraved by artist Noel Galea Bason, the diameter 38.61mm; Gross weight 28.28gr; Alloy 0.925 Silver, the minting limit is 1,500 coins.

Photograph: MGOZ/George Scerri

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