Stereotypes which stop women from achieving their aspirations have to be overcome – Helena Dalli
The need to overcome stereotypes which hold back women from achieving their aspirations has been emphasised by Minnister Helena Dalli during the fourth annual conference of the World Day for Women and Girls in Science.
It was pointed out in a Government statement that Malta has been praised for its efforts towards equality, particularly regarding access for women to scientific careers and education. This follows an initiative by Minister Dalli on behalf of Malta together with the Royal Academy of Science International Trust, when in 2015 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution for 11 February to become the World Day for Women and Girls in Science.
During a conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, Minister Dalli stressed on the need for the necessary structures to assist women to join and remain part of the labour world after concluding their studies. Minister Dalli mentioned the free childcare services and the maternity leave fund introduced in Malta, adding that these were helping to eliminate discrimination against females in the employment sector.
Minister Dalli stated that at a time when the world is facing challenges like climate change and unprecedented demographic growth, there is a need for more women in science to find more scientific solutions to these new realities.