Advancing Gender Equality

Case Studies from Across the Commonwealth

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The Commonwealth Secretariat has been a pioneer in promoting women’s rights and gender equality since the 1976–85 UN Decade for Women, and of gender mainstreaming since the UN 4th World Conference on Women, to which our 1995 Plan of Action on Gender and Development was a Commonwealth contribution.

This publication brings together case studies prepared in connection with the end-of-term review of the 2005–15 Commonwealth Plan of Action for Gender Equality. The case studies are based on submissions and interviews with government representatives, gender specialists and other stakeholders, including civil society organisations, from 20 countries representing all regions of the Commonwealth.

The examples were selected to demonstrate a range of strategies that can be employed to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Together they help to show what perpetuates gender inequality and offer approaches that can be adopted to help end unjust discrimination.



The Equality Mark for Employers, Malta

The total population of Malta is 413,965 (July 2015) with a ratio of 0.99 male/ female (CIA 2015). Women’s economic participation in Malta has been the focus of several initiatives by the government in recent years. In 2013, the gap between male and female employment rates in Malta was around 32 per cent, the highest in the European Union (EU). Estimates place the female employment rate at 46.8 per cent, with even lower rates for women aged 55–64 (approximately 30 per cent) (EC 2015; Times of Malta 2013). In addition to women’s low rate of employment there is significant labour market gender segregation, with a high percentage of women employed in low wage sectors (NCPE 2014a).


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