Malta’s international leadership in the promotion of equality recognised by Spanish LGBTI association

Numru ta' Referenza:  , Data ta' l-Istqarrija : Ġun 10, 2019

Malta’s international leadership in the promotion of equality was recognised by the Spanish ‘Diversa Global’ Association through the awarding of its Premio Diversa Internacional for 2019. Malta’s Ambassador to Spain, Vanni Xuereb, accepted the award on behalf of the country during a Charity Dinner held on Saturday, 8th June 2019 at the Palacio de Cibeles - seat of the Madrid city council.​

Every year, ‘Diversa Global’ presents awards to institutions, companies, and individuals who have worked for, exercised, and promoted diversity in all its aspects. This year, AACDO, the Spanish Association of Lawyers Against Hate Crimes, proposed Malta for the International Award in recognition of its leadership in the promotion of equal rights for LGBTI persons.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Carmelo Abela, remarked: “The Award recognises that Malta is one of the only few countries in the world to have entrenched LGBTI rights in its Constitution. Malta has been a pioneer in the adoption of measures, such as the express prohibition of reparative therapies relating to sexual orientation and gender identity – the first country in Europe and in the world to have adopted this measure – among many other rights that are detailed in the annual reports of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. Malta is, therefore, a clear example for the international community of a society having an inclusive and respectful legal framework for LGBTI diversity.”

Whilst thanking the Asociación Diversa Global for the recognition, Ambassador Xuereb highlighted how, although Malta was once considered to be a very conservative country when it comes to social issues, the leadership shown by the Maltese government under the leadership of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat have not only led to Malta having what is possibly the most progressive legislation in the world, but also to a change in the mentality of the majority of Maltese, who have embraced diversity. He also referred to how Malta is taking the lead within the European Union to promote the idea that all member states should have a basic degree of respect towards minorities, treat their citizens equally, and disallow discrimination.