In March 2014, the Maltese electorate gave a resounding thumbs-up to four female Maltese candidates out of the six elected to the European Parliament. A month later the second female President of Malta was sworn into office.
It is with great satisfaction that one notes such a positive leap towards gender parity in Maltese politics.
During the same month, a ‘Women in Politics Map 2014’ was launched during a seminar in New York by the IPU and UN Women Organisations. It acknowledged that while progress is being made as regards to female representation in parliaments worldwide, significant challenges remain. It highlighted the fact that political parties remain key drivers to setting the agenda on issues of participation and representation.