Amidst the conversation currently sweeping the nation on gender quotas in Maltese parliament, several Maltese politicians have spoken out to share their two cents on the topic. But the general consensus seems to be this; quotas or no quotas, we need more women in parliament.
Nationalist MEP candidate Roselyn Borg Knight took to Facebook this International Women’s Day to spread the message of the fight for gender equality. She urges people to stop judging people on what they look like, and focus on their abilities and what they can bring to the table.
This is an obvious reference to the pressure often put on women to maintain an ‘acceptable appearance’ when the same pressure isn’t really applied to men. “Let’s assess them on their abilities, and not on whether they’re having a bad hair day or if their eyebrows look good”, Borg Knight says in the video.
You can read her speech translated into English below;
Today on Women’s Day, I only have one message.
It is unacceptable that we still see inequality between women and men. It is unacceptable that a woman earns a lesser pay than a man. It is unacceptable that a woman ends up with a lesser pension than a man.
There are those who agree with gender quotas, and those who don’t. But whether we agree or not, our aim is to achieve equality between men and women. And we need to work together.
It is right to talk and discuss, but now we need to take action, and we need to take drastic and immediate actions to finally put an end to this inequality.
I encourage everyone, that when you are evaluating and assessing women, either in politics, or the boardrooms, or the place of work; let’s assess them on their abilities, and not on whether they’re having a bad hair day or if their eyebrows look good. It is important that we assess people on their abilities; on what they have to offer to society and their country.
Today I am taking this opportunity to urge you to give your support, in the European elections as well as in local council elections, that you think about electing the women on the list for each party. You don’t need to vote for me, just as long as when you do cast your vote, you are doing your bit to provide equal opportunity.