The Gibraltar Women’s Association has thanked the Equality Rights Group for the invitation to speak at their yearly Independent Civil Society Awards.A statement from the group outlined its main objectives: “We agree with the sentiments expressed by the group and concur in our aim to be a voice for all with no political or religious bias. We took the opportunity to showcase the work we have achieved recently including pressing for more rigorous safeguarding laws and regulations, open communication with the GHA on a variety of matters and equality issues.“We are ongoing with our wish for longer times of crossing on traffic lights, which we conducted a project to monitor all times. We found that to enable safe crossing for elderly and disabled individuals the times of the crossings need to be increased by five or ten seconds. “We also reiterate the need for community care payments to be paid individually and not to the male partner.
An adult need only communicate sexually with a child once for that action to count as “grooming” following a proposed change to Gibraltar’s laws. People convicted of this offence could face up to two years in jail. At the end of last month, the Minister for Justice, the Hon Neil Costa, published a Bill for a new Crimes (Amendment) Act 2017. This 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.