Prepare the Ground for Economic Independence​

 
 
 
 
 
Objectives

Prepare the Ground for Economic Independence was launched in September 2018 and will run until August 2020. The project 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 are empowered to make wise choices as the decisions that they take today will have an effect on their future career prospects.  Working age adults are 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 is 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 

Research

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 is 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 has procured the services of a researcher to gather all the best practices which are already available.
 
As a result of the enhancement, NCPE is re-launching the Equality Mark by strengthening the measure of an equal pay tool  which will shed light on the significance and the realities of equal pay for work of equal value for women and men.

Awareness-Raising

The Gender Pay Gap Campaign is the first campaign, launched and completed in 2019. It focuses on educating the general public on the gender pay gap with statistics and factual information on the issue through articles and adverts on newspapers, TV interviews on national TV stations as well as radio stations.

Article 3 - Equal Pay Matters
 
The subsequent campaign focuses on the Gender Pension Gap.  This is an audio-visual campaign through a series of five real-life stories  denoting the impact which decisions made throughout one’s lifetime have in the future.  Due to sensitivity issues, these real-life stories were acted out by a professional actors.


Seminar

On 19th November 2019, a seminar was 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 consisted of two panels: From School to Work: Students’ decisions in choosing their career and From the gender pay gap to the gender pension gap. The seminar’s target audience were national policymakers, social partners, NGOs and relevant stakeholders as well as the general public.

Press Conference- EN/MT

Career Guidance Sessions

A train-the-trainers course was delivered to over 60 career advisors, career guidance teachers and guidance teachers. The teachers were  trained to empower young students to make wise choices in school subjects. The training focused 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