Women Directors in Malta (WDM) was established in 2015 and is an active non-profit making voluntary organisation, independent of all governmental, commercial or political groups.

Whilst WDM supports gender diversity, women are clearly underrepresented at board level in Malta. The key is equal access and equal opportunity for women and in recognising and promoting the proven performance from employing women at board level.

WDM’s primary roles are in raising awareness and publicity on the benefits of appointing capable women at board level and in providing appropriate and relevant training and support to achieve that status.
Too often, advocates for gender equality have argued largely on the basis of fairness, less so about better (business) performance and results. Professor Laura D’Andrea Tyson (2016 World Economic Forum) stated “that the gender parity debate is wrongly focused on fairness”. Women, she argued, improve innovation and complex decision-making” which affect the bottom line. “We have failed to make the business case”.

There are many different types of boards, all of which need capable directors or trustees, including charity boards, Public Sector boards and committees, housing associations, education and sports bodies, health boards- all the way up to private and public companies. However women are under-represented in all sectors which are dominated by men; they are less likely than men to be asked to join a board and many lack information or connections about how to bridge that gap.

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Monday 7 October 2019
WDM will be organizing an event to showcase material developed during the Women in Power EU project. This material is important for women who aspire to become Directors and need more knowledge about gender issues. After the closure of this project, an online course will be offered for free. Come and find out about it on 7th October, 9am-11am at the Ministry for Education and Employment. Send an email to [email protected] to book a place.

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