Its chief objectives are to:
- Promote the participation of women on boards of directors and equivalent governing bodies of public entities and business organisations (including companies);
- Identify competent women and com pile a register of suitable candidates for posts on boards of directors and equivalent governing bodies of public entities and business organisations (including companies);
- Build the pool of female board members and role models;
Create awareness and publicity for the members of the association to help them get posts;
- Serve as a point of contact and referral for companies and the government;
- Provide training and support to directors and equivalent governing bodies of public entities and business organisations (including companies);
- Increase the transparency of the board recruitment process;
- Encourage pathways for women
- Liaise with international women associations having similar objects;
The importance of being part of WDM is the support that it provides to its members. This includes help with board strategy, board profile and interview preparation and personal introductions to experienced directors who can provide advice and encouragement in specific interview situations.
Government & other Committee Memberships:
Ministry of Equality’s Consultative Council on Women’s Rights ( CCWR)
Dr Mandy R Falzon and Ms Sonya Sammut are the two board members representing WDM.
Established in November 2017 with the expressed intention of advising the Minister with recommendations on aspects of government policy on any form of inequality. The role of WDM is to engage in discussion with government and lobby to introduce more women on government boards. The EU had a proposal to appoint a minimum of 40% of the underrepresented sex on public entities and large companies.
Fiona Borg,a WDM board members is currently the Treasurer of emPOWer.
On the 4th April 2017, Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca President of Malta Emeritus brought together various women’s organizations in Malta, inviting them to form part of a Platform working in collaboration with one another, in order to have a stronger voice on issues impacting women in Malta.
In coming together under one umbrella, these organizations form emPOWer, a platform which will work to promote positive change and advocate to eliminate barriers to gender equality where these exist. Some of the areas that emPOWer worked so far upon are Gender Pay Gap, Women in Politics, Youth Education & Empowerment and Domestic Abuse.
The initiative is facilitated and supported by the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society. A link to the facebook page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/platformoforganisationsforwomen
Women in Power’-An EU funded project