One in every 4 Maltese women suffers some form of violence. It’s a shame that MP Edwin Vassallo voted against giving more rights and protection to vulnerable people when he was the only MP voting against the domestic and gender-based violence Bill last Wednesday 24 January 2018.
Ms Lorraine Spiteri, Chairperson of the Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations (MCWO) said “This Bill is not just about giving rights to women….families, children, partners and whole communities are affected by this terrible scourge in our society. It’s hard to understand why any Member of Parliament would vote against giving protection and care to victims of domestic violence and rape. While making a claim that he is against any form of violence, voting against this Bill gives the message that Vassallo is in favour of domestic and gender-based violence. What kind of family values does he hold?”
The Confederation calls for more sensitivity and awareness on gender-related concepts by our representatives in Parliament.
The MCWO is an umbrella organisation that represents 12 local member organisations which collectively have around 24,000 female members. The Confederation is a full member of the Brussels-based European Women’s Lobby.