Daphne poster added to Govt’s Women’s Day ‘role models’

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Rule of law NGO Repubblika and Occupy Justice have added a poster of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia to a set of government’s selection of role models for International Women’s Day. The pictures of various women occupying different roles were set on display in Triton’s Square, Valletta.

“Today proves that there is an effort to make people forget Daphne Caruana Galizia,” the activists said on Sunday in their symbolic protest against the government’s decision not to include Caruana Galizia in its chosen set of women.

The NGO said that while the women chosen had made a name for themselves in their specific sectors, Caruana Galizia dominates the political and social scene.

Marion Pace Asciak speaking for Repubblika reminded that Caruana Galizia’s work was acknowledged all over the world except for her country. Caruana Galizia showed determination, courage and professionalism. She worked for truth and justice, women’s rights and the upholding of the rule of law. These qualities led to a dehumanisation and vilification campaign against her, Pace Asciak said, ultimately leading to her brutal assassination.

“This was a political assassination and not a femicide, as one of the women chosen by the government chose to refer to Caruana Galizia’s death,” Pace Asciak stated in reference to a statement made by European Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli when facing her grilling before the European Parliament.

“Daphne Caruana Galizia is the only person deserving the title of ‘invicta’ she emerged as the winner over government scandals and corruption. A government which chose to continue a hatred campaign against her up to this very day,” Pace Asciak said.

A strong civil society movement emerged following the assassination, Repubblika said on Sunday, noting that eventually disgraced former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri, disgraced minister Konrad Mizzi and Police Chief Lawrence Cutajar had to submit their resignations.

“If we really want to celebrate the women who made a name for our country, it cannot be that Daphne Caruana Galizia is left out,” Pace Asciak said.

Louiselle Vassallo speaking for Occupy Justice pointed out that the despite Caruana Galizia’s multiple qualities a decision was taken to exclude her from this exhibition celebrating women who had an impact on the Maltese society.

“We cannot ignore the fact that Caruana Galizia faced an intensive vilification campaign spanning over thirty years which was strategically carried out because she was indeed a woman,” Vassallo said.

“The way Daphne Caruana Galizia was treated by those exposed by her for corruption and crimes against the people of Malta was intensified because she was a woman: a woman who stood against the patriarchy fearlessly speaking up in spite of all that she was made to face,” Vassallo stated.

“Daphne Caruana Galizia was and remains a clear example of a person fighting for her rights and the rights of others.”