The Third Eye, a University media organisation run by University students with a passion for journalism, stems from the notion that there is an additional point of view, far from the conventional way of thinking. Women’s representation in the workforce is nowhere close to men’s. There are dangerously few women in the boardroom… and that’s a problem. Pearl Agius speaks out.

 

Did you know that Malta is one of the lowest ranking countries when it comes to female employability and representation? Whilst many initiatives have undoubtedly been taken to increase both employability and representation, the real question regarding why it is important to take such measures remains. Despite said measures, some people simply do not understand the dire and fundamental need for women in the workforce.

It has been proved time and time again that women help diversify the workplace. Many academic pieces of writing, including a Harvard Business Review article, have explained how women are resourceful, able to do more with less, and show strength with regard to political awareness, helping them cope with the hurdles facing them. Moreover, women tend to exhibit collaborative willingness, including the qualities of listening and problem-solving.

As a woman, I am not at all pleased with the decisions being taken on women’s healthcare by maledominated groups that are attracting ongoing societal debates. Many of our representatives speak on behalf of aspiring mothers hoping to pull some heart strings in order to promote hidden agenda. Literally no one cares.

Nonetheless, we care about the opinion of people who have cried after a negative pregnancy test, or those who have choked back on their tears in front of their doctor whilst they tell them that they suffer from infertility problems. These are the voices that need a nudge of encouragement in order to step forward from the shadows that have been engulfing them. This is just one example of many.

To sum up, women have more potential than we give them credit for, and this is why I greatly believe in the women who are currently leading some of University’s largest organisations. Their resilience and boldness to stand up for themselves and look a man in the eye as their equal gives me hope that those shadows won’t immerse anyone in their darkness anytime soon.

Women on Board

In no way do I wish to belittle the brilliant work of our female representatives. But it is still not enough. It is never enough. Just like it is not enough that only 9 of 23 candidates contesting for the KSU elections were female. It is quite an accomplishment, but I do believe we can do more. Such elections are normally predominated by men but with a grin larger than Cheshire cat’s, I happily write that within the last 4 years, 3 female presidents were elected in KSU, there are at least 5 female presidents within university organisations this year and about 2000 female graduates each year. After stating this, I sincerely hope that this trend will spread like wildfire.

Until then, I wait. I wait eagerly to finally see a woman confidently strutting towards those big doors in Castille Square and sit down on that big chair in her office. Among her, other men and women looking into each other’s eyes as equals. Until then, I wait.

KSU Female Presidents
KSU Female Presidents: Becky Micallef, Steph Dalli, Carla Galea
The Third Eye
The Third Eye Female Executive Members 2017/2018, 5 out of 8 members all female

 

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