Joseph Muscat stresses on ‘feminisation’ of active-ageing

More attention to female elderly population needed in Europe says Opposition leader Joseph Muscat.

Opposition leader Joseph Muscat says the feminisation of active-ageing could be challenging for Malta's traditional and conservative society.
Opposition leader Joseph Muscat says the feminisation of active-ageing could be challenging for Malta's traditional and conservative society.

Opposition leader Joseph Muscat said that due to a largely female elderly population, more attention needed to be paid toward the feminisation of active ageing.

“Active-ageing requires not only flexible structures but also values and support, particularly to the elderly in voluntary positions. Policies and structures need to assist in making voluntary work easier, like the provision of transport,” Muscat said.

Addressing the annual congress of the European Seniors Organisation at the Labour Party headquarters in Malta, Muscat said it was important to address the EU’s ageing female population.

“It is crucial to address the increasing number of women which make up the majority of the elderly population and create a system which helps women integrate better into active ageing,” Muscat said.

Making reference to the traditional and conservative society in Malta, Muscat also noted that a lot of volunteer work by women largely goes unnoticed.

“Women engaged in voluntary work tend to take the backseat and do the grunt work rather than be at the forefront by participating in the decision-making process. We need structures which will put women on the frontline in decision-making,” Muscat said.

Muscat also added that the feminisation of the elderly population and active ageing would be a challenge for all EU member states but is a necessity. 

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