Women’s organizations welcome budget measures
The Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations is pleased to note that a number of proposals that it had been putting forward during these last few years have been taken aboard in this budget for 2014, namely those that incentivise women and encourage them to take up paid employment. The Confederation has long contended that offering free childcare will not only remove one obstacle towards a mother’s decision towards her participation in the labour market but is also an investment in early childhood education. Together with the supervision / breakfast club at school for kids initiative more parents will find it much easier to find their path towards their working schedules more effectively. Further measures such as improved tax credit schemes for childcare and other fiscal benefits to make work pay are also welcome.
Lorraine Spiteri, Chairperson of the Confederation said, “The MCWO is eager to know more on how these initiatives will be put in place. In the meantime the Confederation again urges the government to enact the legislation to regulate childcare centres which till now are still unregulated and to look into the maternity leave benefits expenses as a burden on private employers which also drastically reduces women’s employability.”
The Confederation is an umbrella organisation that represents 14 local member organisations which collectively have 24,000 female members. The MCWO is a full member of the Brussels based European Women’s Lobby.