Malta leads with least number of women on company boards

The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion released their annu­al study on gen­der equal­i­ty in April. The sta­tis­tics show that Mal­ta has the fewest women in lead­ing posi­tions. Mal­ta scores last in Europe with only a score of 2% of female com­pa­ny board mem­bers of pub­licly list­ed com­pa­nies. Mem­ber of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment Viviane Red­ing stat­ed that it would take at least anoth­er 30 years before the EU reach­es their tar­get of hav­ing 75% of women employed, and anoth­er 70 years until male and female work­ers are paid equal wages. How­ev­er, the par­lia­men­tary envi­ron­ment is quick­er, it should only take 20 years to reach equal­i­ty between men and women.

Malta’s econ­o­my is already try­ing to catch up. The Bank of Val­let­ta and Mal­ta Inter­na­tion­al Air­port have a quo­ta of 43% female work­ers. How­ev­er, the fact that is often being with­held is that in order to achieve these rapid changes, a recruit­ment freeze for men is being put in place. This sit­u­a­tion should be avoid­ed, as it would impair a sus­tain­able devel­op­ment.

Per­son­al­ly, I think too much noise is being made about this issue. If I look at 20-year-old women nowa­days, they are often very suc­cess­ful. Be it in school, at uni­ver­si­ty, or employ­ment. Gen­der equal­i­ty has been an issue for the last ten years, and it needs to be giv­en time to devel­op. Of course, it needs to be ensured that women are treat­ed equal when they achieve the same results, and that they have the same oppor­tu­ni­ties as men, but this will not be achiev­able with just strict quo­tas.

Rather, it is impor­tant to cre­ate jobs that make fam­i­ly life and work agree­able. Mal­tese women are still very tra­di­tion­al and domes­tic, and for this rea­son they should not be giv­en the choice of either work or fam­i­ly. It is impor­tant to cre­ate con­di­tions in which both is pos­si­ble. For exam­ple, child care near or at the work­place, part-time employ­ment for par­ents or flex­i­ble work hours — the list of pos­si­bil­i­ties is long.

I am curi­ous to see how the sit­u­a­tion will have changed in 30 years. How­ev­er, I am sure that a change is com­ing.

About Philipp Sauerborn

In 2005, Philipp Sauer­born joined the firm of St. Matthew in Lon­don, one of the lead­ing Ger­man account­ing firms in Eng­land renowned for its exper­tise in cor­po­rate, com­mer­cial and tax law, as a depart­ment head. After three years, he was a part­ner and man­ag­ing direc­tor.
Towards the end of 2011, he decid­ed to move to Mal­ta, where he first worked at inter­na­tion­al law firms and con­sul­tan­cies in an employed and con­sult­ing capac­i­ty. Since the begin­ning of 2013, he has been a senior employ­ee at Dr. Wern­er & Part­ner. Mr. Sauer­born is cur­rent­ly com­plet­ing his ADIT ‑Advanced Diplo­ma in Inter­na­tion­al Tax.

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