Co-education? The facilities in both schools are very different, says Womens Association

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The GWA says it welcomes a debate in Parliament regarding co-education. 
"Due to inequalities in the comprehensive schools including different subjects and opportunities offered to the different genders, it is imperative that the topic is discussed objectively following an extensive investigation which includes all stakeholders and moved forward with, without further delay," they say.
And add: "A process similar to the one on same sex marriage to include the opportunity for public consultation would be welcomed. The facilities in both schools are also very different, for instance better resources in the girls school, which reduces opportunities for their male counterparts." 
It is simple aspects such as these that lead to unacceptable differences in schooling due solely to gender and in general the facilities need updating, the GWA says. We also hope that the government review the legal school leaving age which is currently 15 to standardise with UK and instead offer vocational opportunities for those children who do not excel academically.

Women call for 'hardline targeting' on underage problems

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The womens association says it welcomes the recent RGP operation to control underage consumption of tobacco and alcohol. 
Families around the Rock should be more aware that children are being served alcohol during the evening in and around popular teenage hang outs and the implications this has on not only their health, but on their vulnerability and safeguarding issues. 
The GWA calls for continued awareness in this area and hardline targeting by both the RGP, licensing department and the courts on those establishments who supply tobacco and alcohol to underage children.

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Bill against revenge porn and grooming

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A Bill published at the end of last month for a new Crimes (Amendment) Act 2017 introduces a new offence of “Revenge Porn.” This Bill also includes amendments to the offence of “grooming” in Gibraltar to bring this offence in line with the equivalent offence in the United Kingdom. 
“Grooming” currently applies to an adult who communicates with a child on at least two occasions, and who subsequently meets or arranges to meet that child in order to commit a sexual offence. The new proposed amendment will reduce to one the number of occasions on which the defendant must initially meet or communicate with the child with the intention of committing a sexual offence. Thus, a single such meeting or communication will qualify as “grooming”.
Following the publication of the Bill, Minister Costa was approached by the Gibraltar Women’s Association who welcomed it and offered their support. The GWA suggested that the Bill could go further and that a new offence was needed to target paedophiles who communicate sexually with a child. In the UK, such an offence was introduced by the Serious Crime Act 2015.

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GWA welcomes Licudi apology

 

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The Gibraltar Women’s Association has welcomed Justice Minister Gilbert Licudi’s apology in the wake of a public outcry at an incident of profanity in parliament aimed at independent MP Marlene Hassan Nahon.“We acknowledge that he has proven to be not only a gentleman in accepting blame for the incident, but also a man of integrity with no further excuses forthcoming,” the GWA said.“We hope that in the future greater control will be exercised by public figures in all aspects, but especially during Parliamentary sessions.”“We also would like to thank the Honorable Speaker for investigating the incident.”“The GWA hope that all of Gibraltar’s elected representatives can work together in the mutual aim of building a strong and united Gibraltar.”

The GWA welcome Mr Licudi's apology in the wake of a public outcry

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The GWA welcome Mr Licudi's apology in the wake of a public outcry at an incident of profanity in parliament aimed at Ms Hassan Nahon. We acknowledge that he has proven to be not only a gentleman in accepting blame for the incident, but also a man of integrity with no further excuses forthcoming. We hope that in the future greater control will be exercised by public figures in all aspects, but especially during Parliamentary sessions. We also would like to thank the Honorable Speaker for investigating the incident. The GWA hope that all of Gibraltar's elected representatives can work together in the mutual aim of building a strong and united Gibraltar.