Prepare the Ground for Economic Independence​


Prepare the Ground for Economic Independence focuses on addressing the gender gaps over the life-cycle.  Besides the public at large, the project has three main target groups; students, working age adults and organisations. Students will be empowered to make wise choices as the decisions that they take today will have an effect on their future career prospects.  Working age adults will be made aware on the gender pay gap, the effects of the care penalty and unequal pay for equal work of equal value, the gender pension gap, and the risk of poverty. In order to mitigate some of these issues, NCPE will be re-launching the Equality Mark by adding on the measure of an equal pay tool.
The project aims are:
  • Increase awareness on both the gender pay gap and the gender pension gap;
  • Increase knowledge through various training and outreach initiatives;
  • ​Provide information to students on subject and future career choices;
  • Revamp and re-launch the Equality Mark Certification;
  • Empower union representatives with knowledge on equal pay for women and men.

Launch conference

Press conference EN/MT
Presentation 1: Prepare the Ground for Economic Independence, Ms Renee Laiviera - NCPE
Presentation 2: Project overview​, Ms Annalise Frantz - NCPE 


This project entails two research studies:

  • Equal Pay Tool – The aim of this study is to seek and learn about successful European Equal Pay tools in order to develop a similar tool that is suitable for Malta’s labour market and tailor-made for the Equality Mark certification process.

  • Trade Union Research Study – The aim of this study is to seek and learn how other European Trade Union representatives embrace the principle of equal pay for women and men during collective agreement negotiations and pass on this knowledge to local union representatives, as NCPE considers this of utmost importance due to the nature of their work.  

Equality Mark

Enhancement of the Equality Mark, a certification awarded to companies/organisations that make gender equality one of their values and whose management is based on the recognition and promotion of the potential of the potential of all employees irrespective of their gender and caring responsibilities. NCPE will be strengthening the measure of equal pay for women and men by developing a tool with which equal pay may be checked during Equality Mark audits. NCPE will seek to procure the services of a researcher to gather all the best practices which are already available.
As a result of the enhancement, the Equality Mark will be re-launched through a campaign which will focus on the measures of the new Equality Mark certification process as well as on the importance, the significance and the realities of equal pay for women and men.


A Gender Pay Gap Campaign will focus on educating the general public on the gender pay gap and to provide factual information to show that this is in fact a reality which needs to be addressed. The campaign will target the public at large through articles and adverts on newspapers, TV slots on national TV stations as well as radio stations.
The subsequent campaign will focus on the Gender Pension Gap.  This will be an audio-visual campaign through a series of clips all denoting the impact which decisions made throughout one’s lifetime have in the future.  

A seminar will be organised for various stakeholders in order to generate further awareness and discussion on the gender pay gap, inactivity and the gender pension gap. The seminar will target NGOs, relevant stakeholders and social partners, and it will be open to the general public. More details on the seminar will be given closer to the date.

Career Guidance Sessions

A train-the-trainers course will be delivered to career advisors, career guidance teachers and guidance teachers. They will be trained to empower young students to make wise choices in school subjects. The training will also focus on how to deal with obstacles which the girls might encounter when they start their professional working life. This will inevitably aid in developing critical thinking skills in decision-making.

Training to Union Representatives

Consultation sessions with union representatives will be held on equal pay for women and men. The aim of these sessions is to discuss equal pay during the negotiation of collective agreements.  An information booklet resulting from the research study will be presented to the participating trade unions as well as uploaded on NCPE’s website.

Project Ref.               820451
Project Name           Prepare the Ground for Economic Independence (PGEI)
Fund                         Project funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme                                   (2014 – 2020) and National Funds (80% - 20%)                                             
Start Date                 September 2018
End Date                   August 2020