Equality Beyond Gender Roles


This Project aims to raise and increase awareness on the importance of men’s role in gender equality as well as the benefits of the uptake of various family-friendly measures (FFMs) by men. It also seeks to break down stereotypes tied to traditional gender roles among employers and society at large and highlight the benefits of sharing family and domestic responsibilities through the uptake of various incentives by both men and women. 
The project aims to:
 raise awareness on the relevance of men’s role in gender equality, in order to reach a fair and equal balance between work and private life, and between paid and unpaid work;
 break down gender stereotypes tied to traditional gender roles by sensitising and empowering students, employers and citizens;
 further encourage men to take action to combat or prevent unilateral responsibilities, to share domestic duties and care responsibilities, as well as to strive towards equal economic independence between the genders; and
 increase overall awareness of the various types of FFMs and the benefits and responsibilities of making use of them.
Launch Conference:
     Press Release in English
Business Breakfast:
A Business Breakfast for Employers was organised on the 23rd January 2017 and included discussion on the different types of Family-Friendly Measures (FFMs) employers can introduce in their workplaces. The event focused on the economic and financial impact of FFMs, the employees’ wellbeing, and the benefits as well as obstacles faced by both employers and employees. A panel made up of six representatives of social partners and employers was facilitated by Dr JosAnn Cutajar, Senior Lecturer at the Gender Studies Department, University of Malta.
Consultation Sessions:
The Business Breakfast was followed by two Consultation Sessions held in April-May and September 2017, were employers had the opportunity to debate the issues concerning the provision and uptake of FFMs, whilst learning to adapt to flexible working arrangements. The sessions also focused on the implementation of developing a Work-Life Balance Policy, which is inclusive to all employees irrespective of their employment.
     Advert- Employers
     Presentation 1: Consultation Session for Employers I
     Presentation 2: Consultation Session for Employers II
Theatre in Education Sessions:
Theatre in Education Sessions
NCPE in collaboration with the Drama Unit organised a series of drama sessions in secondary schools, targeting students aged 14-16 years, with the purpose of encouraging youths to challenge notions tied to traditional roles of men and women.    
Equality Beyond Uni:
An event at university was held on the 7th November 2017, targeting post-secondary and tertiary students. The 6-hr programme included a photo exhibition; debates by employers, academics and students; scriptorium of book art by Glen Calleja; screening of ‘Burning Bikinis’ by Aditus; and live music by Waterwings.
Noti Kkuluriti:
An event for the general public was held on the 28th October 2017 at Piazza San Gorg in Valletta. The 4-hr programme included a mixture of music, art and literature where prominent artists will showcase work related to gender equality, the breaking down of stereotypes, sharing responsibilities and work-life balance. There were readings of prose and poetry, drama, a photo exhibition and art installations. Special guests Airport Impressions.
Awareness Raising:
A Roving Van Exhibition has been round post-secondary and tertiary schools in Malta and Gozo to raise awareness on gender equality, equal economic independence, the sharing of domestic duties and care responsibilities, and the importance of the creation of balance between work and private life. Hosts collected comments of male students on the subjects being tackled, and comments are being published on social media networking sites.
An online campaign on social media is raising awareness on topics being tackled by the project. Various audiovisuals, photographs and statements of interviews gathered from participants during activities are being uploaded on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Every two months, NCPE issues a Blog on different topics related to the project. NCPE representatives are also raising awareness on the Equality Beyond Gender Roles project through TV, Radio and newspapers advertisement. 
Other promotional material such as posters, newspaper adverts, flyers and brochures have also been produced to ensure visibility of the project.
     Lapel Pin
Final Conference:
     Press Release in English
                         Project Ref.                JUST/2014/RGEN/AG/GEND/7785
                         Project Name             Equality Beyond Gender Roles
                         Fund                           Project funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme
                                                            and Nat
ional Funds (80% - 20%)                                             
                         Start Dates                  January 2016
                         End Date                     December 2017
                         Partner                        The Drama Unit
                         Associate Partners      Malta Employers’ Association (MEA)
                                                             General Retailers and Traders Union (GRTU)


 Contact Name 
National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE)
Gattard House,
National Road,
Blata l-Bajda HMR 9010
(+356) 2295 7850