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 GWA will be working towards these objectives as priority in 2018. Civil Service Efficiency procedures and policy to eliminate ineffectiveness in the workforce and provide a good service for all General orders readily available for the workforce Longer counter service in government departments managed by flexible working hours Part time and flexible working Brexit Equality and the female voice in the Brexit process Lands and government Projects Town plan and sensitive and sustainable development Education, Heritage, Environment and Climate change Education Career specialists from year 8 onwards to guide students to sustainable career paths managing local employment needs and student aspirations and talents Conscience consideration of parental financial contributions including uniforms and school trips Effective multi agency bullying policy Breakfast and after school homework clubs Separation of education from secular endeavors Sexual health and relationship comprehensive educational policy Environment More green areas and trees on all road sides to absorb urban pollution Ban plastic bags and single use plastics Hard line control of dog fouling and urine and dedicated dog toilets to combat this out of control area
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.”