The Gibraltar Women's Association's first photographic competition was launched on International Women's Day and is part of the GWA's 50th anniversary celebrations.
The aims of the competition were to encourage a diverse representation of women beyond that afforded by mainstream media and to celebrate women's positive achievements and their valuable contributions to their respective communities.The exhibition is currently on display on the Lower Exhibition room, John Mackintosh Hall until Tuesday 14th June.
1st prize: Kyrane Finlayson
2nd prize: Stephen Hermida
3rd prize: Francesca Makey
At the recently held AGM the GWA’s out-going Chair, Amber Turner, presented a report on the association’s very busy and productive 50th anniversary year. Ms Turner highlighted a number of the GWA’s achievements including its new logo, the launch of the GWA website (www.gwa.gi), the growth of its membership and the 50th anniversary celebrations.
The Gibraltar Women's Association is calling on the Government of Gibraltar to abolish import duties and tax on essential female sanitary items, lowering it from 12% to 0%.
A statement from the Association said: "A woman will use and throw away on average 11,000 tampons in her lifetime.
"Although Gibraltar does not have VAT per se, we have import duty, which is passed on to the consumer. Female sanitary items, including towels and tampons, are locally taxed at the higher rate of 12%.
"In contrast to this shaving foam is valued at 3% making it more expensive to be a woman and sanitary products taxed as a luxury item.
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By current Chairperson, Amber Turner
The Housewives’ Association was born on 16th February 1966, brainchild of Angela Smith, a young mother of three young children, a visionary, a Gibraltarian woman who, against the social expectation for women in Gibraltar at the time, decided to take a stance and form Gibraltar’s first ever association of women. It was in reaction to local and international issues affecting Gibraltar, post World War II. Over 250 women congregated in the Parish Hall for the first meeting called and the first committee was elected:
- Founder /Chairperson Angela Smith
- Vice Chairperson Mariola Summerfield
- Secretary Magda Picardo
- Treasurer Charo Dumas
- Committee Members Brenda Llambias, Violet Baker and Dorothy Scott-Stephen
Historically GWA is one of Gibraltar’s oldest on record. It is significant because the GWA has never been rendered redundant which means that its work is as essential to the shaping of our community today, as it ever was.