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Gender Balance in Parliament


Office of the​ Prime Minister 
Parliamentary Secretariat for Reforms, Citizenship and Simplification of Administrative Processes
​Published on: 26 March 2019
Running till: 8 June 2019
​Last Updated: 27 August 2019
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Consultation Outcome: Final Report


1.        Background

The Consultation Document “Gender Balance in Parliament: Reform” is aimed to encourage people both inside and outside Parliament to give informed feedback and make suggestions on policy or legislative proposals. The aim of the proposals is to challenge the under-representation of women that constitutes a democratic deficit in Parliament. Women’s under-representation is a matter of concern to an extent that it impacted Malta’s Democracy Ranking (EIU, 2018), which shows that Malta was among a few European countries that registered significant advancement, but it scored low in ‘political participation’ because of the low representation of women in the House of Representatives.

While the proposals refer to “the under-represented sex” in the short run, these measures will benefit women whilst encouraging continuous gender balance in the House in the long term. Positive measures have been discussed in Malta for over two decades because of the dearth of women in political structures and it is a fact that there has been little progress registered over the years.

It must be pointed out that more than 70 years have passed since women’s suffrage and the percentage of women in Parliament remained stuck at around 10 to 14%. Soft internal measures employed by the political parties, on their own, have not been adequate to address the under-representation as a result of various hurdles that still make it difficult for many women to enter and sustain a meaningful political career.

Please be informed that submissions will be published on the webpage of this consultation at the end of the scoping phase. The lead Ministry has sole discretion upon the publication of comments.
Received contributions, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the Internet, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his/her legitimate interests. In this case the contribution may be published in anonymous form. Otherwise the contribution will not be published nor will, in principle, its content be taken into account.  Any objections concerning the publication of personal data should be sent to the service responsible for the consultation on the following email address:
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Issue date: 26 March 2019