Saturday, 20 November 2021

Press Release: Reported suicide attempt

In reaction to a suicide attempt, which was reported yesterday in the Maltese media, the Malta Sociological Association appealed for more public, community and private investment in mental health. MSA supports inclusive and evidence-based approaches, which reach out even to those who suffer in silence. 

Saturday, 13 November 2021

Public Seminar and Q&A Session on Women's Activism and Gender-Based Violence

 
Malta Sociological Association - 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Public seminar (online)
Connections & Disconnections: Activism by organised women in Malta
By Maria C Borg

Followed by a Q&A session, including the participation of Commissioner on Gender-Based and Domestic Violence, Audrey Friggieri

Thursday 25 November 2021
6pm-730pm via Zoom
To register, send an email to maltasociologicalassociation@gmail.com by 24 November, and you will receive zoom link. 

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The presentation by Maria C Borg is based on her research for a Masters' Degree in Sociology, within the Department of Sociology at the University of Malta. It seeks to inform about and discuss the activism by organised women in Malta. As part of the Malta Sociological Association campaign for the 16 days of activism, it seeks to shed light on the way women organise and activate using front stage and behind the scenes tactics to end violence against women. It reflects on findings from a study involving 52 women’s organisations in Malta earlier this year, drawing on the sociological understanding of civil society as a relation, as theorised by the works of Jessop, Edwards and Diani. Activism is hereby presented as a result of the connections and disconnections of women’s organisations within the voluntary sector and with institutional actors. 

Monday, 13 September 2021

Press Release 13/9/21: Literacy Strategy – Sociologists call for Social Impact Assessment

The Malta Sociological Association (MSA) welcomes the fact that a national literacy strategy for all is being proposed by the Government. 

In this regard, MSA is proposing that the strategy  factors in and takes account of social impacts and the intersection of various variables.

The strategy should incorporate and mainstream social impact assessments, to ensure greater outreach and deliberation with stakeholders. 

Various methods, both quantitative and qualitative could be used within social impact assessments.  SIAs should involve the participation of different stakeholders. Analytic indicators should be provided and the entire process should be subject to peer review by independent experts in the field. This could help identify shortcomings and possible improvements to the same SIA.

SIAs should not be one-off exercises: They should be ongoing processes which engage with various stakeholders and which report back so as to ensure effective policy processes. They should also use complementary research methods so as to ensure reliable and valid data.

We refer to international SIA standards, for example those set by the International Association for Impact Assessment: 

 https://www.socialimpactassessment.com/documents/IAIA%202015%20Social%20Impact%20Assessment%20guidance%20document.pdf

Michael Briguglio

Public Relations Officer MSA

 

Thursday, 29 July 2021

Why Sociology?

In this article, MSA Public Relations Officer Dr Michael Briguglio presents an invitation to sociology.

You can read the article from this link:

Why sociology? - The Malta Independent



Friday, 16 July 2021

Press Release: Local Government Public Consultation – MSA calls for stronger social functions

With respect to the public consultation exercise entitled ‘Local Government Policy 2021’, the Malta Sociological Association has submitting the following recommendations to Government:

1.       Local Councils should have a stronger local function, for example in community initiatives and everyday matters. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown how important it is to have grounded policy making initiatives which reach out to various social groups in an increasingly diverse society. These also include persons and groups who lack social networks, those who are less integrated in society and those who have less access to the basic needs of everyday life.

 

2.      Local Council decision making should be guided by evidence. In particular, local councils should employ continuous social impact assessment (SIA) processes, to ensure greater outreach and deliberation with stakeholders, through both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and subject to independent peer-review. SIAs could produce valuable evidence for policy formation and implementation.