Helena Dalli wins the Hero of the Year at this year’s Euro­pean Di­ver­sity Award

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Min­is­ter for So­cial Di­a­logue, Con­sumer Af­fairs and Civil Lib­er­ties Helena Dalli has won the pres­ti­gious Hero of the Year Award dur­ing the sixth edi­tion of the Euro­pean Di­ver­sity Award that was held in Lon­don.

Among those nom­i­nated in the var­i­ous cat­e­gories were Lux­em­bourg Prime Min­is­ter Xavier Bet­tel, and Ital­ian Un­der­sec­re­tary of State Ivan Scal­farotto.

The cer­e­mony, which took place in the Lon­don Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory, was at­tended by over 500 par­tic­i­pants work­ing in the field of equal­ity and di­ver­sity across Europe, and amongst oth­ers Min­is­ter Dalli re­ceived con­grat­u­la­tions from of­fi­cials from the Of­fice of the UN High Com­mis­sioner on Hu­man Rights and the Coun­cil of Europe.

The award is given to politi­cians, jour­nal­ists, ath­letes, com­pa­nies and pub­lish­ing houses that act as trail­blaz­ers in the en­hance­ment of equal­ity in Euro­pean so­ci­ety.

In her ac­cep­tance speech Dr Dalli said that we must work hard so that the ad­vance­ments made will not get un­done, re­fer­ring to the par­tic­u­lar point in time we are liv­ing in where threats to equal­ity are in­creas­ing. She also pointed out that democ­racy must never be­come a tyranny of the ma­jor­ity and at­ten­tion to mi­nori­ties should be high on the agenda of ev­ery govern­ment.

On the na­tional level, fin­ish­ing touches on the Equal­ity Bill and a Hu­man Rights and Equal­ity Com­mis­sion Bill aimed at main­stream­ing equal­ity for all per­sons in all spheres of life are now un­der­way – af­ter a wide con­sul­ta­tion process - with the in­tent of pre­sent­ing the Bills to Par­lia­ment shortly.

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