The Path of Women in Politics – Special Gozo exhibition
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The Path of Women in Politics – is an exhibition opened today by the Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana, together with the Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms, Citizenship and Simplification of Administrative Processes Julia Farrugia Portelli, which traces the path of women in politics.
The Minister for Gozo said that the role of women in Maltese politics was not as easy as one thinks. She added that reform found strong opposition. There was universal suffrage with the introduction of the right for women to vote in 1947 and the appointment of Agatha Barbara as the first woman president in 1982.
However, cultural, social, and structural barriers encountered by women have restricted their role in political and decision-making positions
Dr Caruana mentioned that since 1947 to date, 26 women have been elected to the House where some Representatives served as Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries while Gozitan Myriam Spiteri Debono, also served as Speaker of the House.
She mentioned that there have been two female Ministers for Gozo, and how since 2003 until today there have been two female deputies in each legislature.
The Minister for Gozo urged more girls and women to take this important step in their lives and contribute to society through politics.
Parliamentary Secretary Julia Farrugia Portelli announced that the European Commission has approved a € 350,000 project to encourage more women to get involved in politics and public life.
She said that this project is 80% financed by European funds. This project will be undertaken by the Prime Minister’s Office, the University of Malta and the Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations.
She urged civil society and the general public to continue to play their part in the public consultation and urged Gozitans to visit this exhibition.
This exhibition not only displays rare photos and interesting newspaper articles, but the public can appreciate a number of original documents some possibly being showcased for the first time during this exhibition.
The exhibition, curated by Nadia Abdilla, is open to the public until Friday, the 26th of April, Monday to Friday 8.30am until 4.00pm excluding public holidays, at the Exhibition Hall of the Ministry for Gozo, St Francis Square.
Photograph: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri