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Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations (MCWO)
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The Malta Confederation of Women''s Organisations recently met with His Grace the Archbishop Paul Cremona in order to discuss the changing roles of women and men in today''s society, various aspects related to feminism and the church''s role in promoting and encouraging gender equality. The Confederation, which is currently made up of 14 organisations representing over 24,000 Maltese women, is totally independent from any political party. During the meeting Ms Anna Borg, Chairperson of the Confederation said that some positive changes were noted in the Church''s attitude towards women''s participation in the labour market and stressed the importance of the Church to emphasise the need for fathers to share more family responsibilities and to be more actively involved in their children''s lives. Women and men need to develop their abilities fully and thus can both contribute to the common good both in the public and private life. However this is usually hindered by organisational, social or patriarchal structures which provide a disabling environment for dual earner families. The Confederation discussed the issue of unequal power relations within the marriage.  It voiced its concern that even nowadays, cases of dominating attitudes prohibit women from developing a fruitful life, and particularly in cases of domestic violence, the effects on the marriage, the spouses and especially their children are devastating. At the end of the meeting, a paper in Maltese entitled ''Women, Work and the Family'' with various references to the Church''s apostolic letters and encyclicals on women and work written by the Women''s Study Group was presented to the Archbishop.  The need for pastoral letters to include a gender perspective was highlighted, as well as the training of seminarians on gender issues and the upgrading of Cana courses for couples in preparation of marriage.
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