Lydia Abela, the wife of Prime Minister Robert Abela, has insisted more work must be done to end the gender pay gap that exists between men and women.
While noting that Malta had been able to get the gender pay gap – the historic difference in salary between men and women – to under 10% (which is also below the EU average), Abela urged more work to be done to achieve “total equality”.
Her push came during a conference titled ‘Are We There Yet?’ organised by the Vassallo Group to mark International Women’s Day.
Abela said that together, the country would be able to bring about social, cultural and economic change, where any type of discrimination would not be tolerated.
She called for more women to participate in certain industries, including technology and engineering, while saying the island needs more women involved in areas such as innovation and artificial intelligence.
She said this is where society’s stakeholders can make a difference, working hand in hand to continue to emancipate women and to ensure they are more included in decision affecting the nation.
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