The Gibraltar Women’s Association has expressed its “complete confidence” in the development process of the new schools.A spokesperson said: “We are aware of the comprehensive stakeholder consultation process which has gone above and beyond the standard procedure of consulting senior management,by also conducting a full study by a working group of stakeholders from all areas.“We are particularly pleased on an equality standpoint that it has included progressing into co education of comprehensive schools and the continuation of mixed schooling.“We have spoken to various members of the teaching profession who were given ample opportunity to comment in various meetings hosted by the department. We are satisfied that the Department of Education under the very capable hands of acting director Darren Grech and Minister John Cortes are leading the ship in the right direction and the needs of the children, who are the user group, are of paramount consideration.”
The Gibraltar Women’s Association (GWA) has expressed concern regarding reports of “internal bullying and physical abuse” within the GHA.This comes following a press release from Unite the Union which called for the suspension of a senior GHA manager who had allegedly used physical force against a union shop steward.A GWA spokesperson said: “We understand that instead of the aggressor being removed as per usual protocol whilst investigation, the victim has been removed. Aggression and violence has no place in society and government managers should lead by example in both behaviour and investigatory procedure and policy.“It is imperative that procedure for bullying in the workplace are followed or there will be a drop in incidents being reported and followed by high rates of mental health issues in the workforce.
The Falkland Islands Government has congratulated Gibraltar Government Minister Joe Bossano on being awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for 2018.In a statement in which it described Sir Joe as a “long-standing friend of the Falkland Islands”, the Falkland Islands Government said he has spoken vociferously in support of Falkland Islander’s right to self-determination at various international forums. Sir Joe has visited the Falkland Islands twice, lastly in 2012 at the invitation of the Falkland Islands government, as part of a series of events to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1982 conflict. Chair of the Legislative Assembly, MLA Teslyn Barkman, said: “We were delighted to learn of Sir Joe receiving this well-deserved honour and offer him our warmest congratulations.”
“His lifelong commitment to self-determination has particularly resonated with us here in the Falklands.”“His support has been truly appreciated and is an example of the friendship between the Falklands and Gibraltar which we greatly value.”
The GWA Committee are very excited to announce that we have taken the decision to modernise the Association by introducing the trial of a rolling chair. This effectively means that each of the committee members who wish to take on the role will take it in turns to chair the Association.
This fulfils our aims of empowerment to the individual and promotes strength of character allowing each committee member the opportunity to develop their leadership and communication skills. Each committee member will take responsibility for their share of the workload and projects including all press releases and correspondence and lead on individual projects.