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maltatoday WEDNESDAY 4 APRIL 2018 17 Events MAPFRE Malta work towards gender equality ON International Women's Day, MAPFRE Malta organ- ised a workshop for its women employees, organised by the Network of Young Women Leaders. The workshop focused on gender stereotypes and roles, with the objective of raising awareness among employees about gender roles and ste- rotypes and the impact these have on everyday life, includ- ing at the workplace. At the start of the work- shop, an ice-breaking activity helped create a positive and safe space for employees to discuss issues related to this topic. This was followed by a group discussion, in which employees discussed what gender roles and sterotypes are and whether they face gen- der issues within the organi- sation. Employees also par- ticipated in an idea-generation exercise, focusing on what can be done to tackle such issues. This activity formed part of the training and development programme of MAPFRE Mid- dlesea and MAPFRE MSV Life. The Network of Young Women Leaders (NYWL) was set up to promote and encour- age the participation of young women in leadership, with a special focus on the political sphere. It works to increase the participation of young women in leadership positions and helps to raise awareness on the challenges that young women face in this process. MAPFRE Group works to achieve gender equality on a worldwide level. It pledges that in 2018, women will oc- cupy at least 40% of all posi- tions with a management or leadership responsibility. 55% of MAPFRE employees are women, with 39% in manage- ment positions (8.7% of which were promoted in the last three years). HSBC rallies Malta and Gozo on World Water Day FOR the fifth consecutive year, HSBC Malta celebrated World Water Day with a number of events designed to promote the notion of effective water conser- vation in Malta. The celebrations were launched with the opening of an art exhibition by St Ignatius Col- lege students at the President's Palace, Valletta. Inaugurated by H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Pre- ca, the exhibition 'Ilma' (Maltese for water) showcased artworks on the theme of water. All the 55 art pieces are to be sold. Proceeds from this initiative will be donated to the L-Istrina fund. Participating students also presented the President with a cheque of €605 raised from last year's sales. The exhibition has since moved to HSBC Malta Head Office in Archbishop Street Valletta, where it is open to the public - during normal business hours - until the end of April. On the eve of the World Water Day, held annually on the 22nd of March each year, students from Valletta Primary and San Ġwann Primary carried out street fundraising in Pjazza San Ġorg. Monies were collected for Missio Malta, which is running a water sanitation programme in Zambia. But perhaps it was the HSBC Water Programme-sponsored Secondary School Quiz which attracted the greatest participa- tion. Now in its third year, this nationwide quiz saw the partici- pation of 21 secondary schools from across Malta and Gozo. All the quiz questions were themed around water and with the sup- port of the Department for Cur- riculum, Research Innovation and Lifelong Learning. The 2018 quiz edition was held at St Benedict College Kirkop Middle School and was won by the Archbishop Seminary Rabat. A unique feature of the event this year was the dona- tion of funds by participating schools to Missio Malta for their Zambia project. Last year's win- ners St Theresa College Mrieħel shared their experience follow- ing a recent visit to the Euro- pean Parliament. The students were addressed by the Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change Jose' Herrera. In Gozo, the Ministry for Gozo organised a student activity at Għar Ilma, which was restored in 2016 thanks to the funds by HSBC Water Programme. Ad- ditionally, students also visited an underwater gully of the Aq- ueducts as as well as the Għadira ta' San Raflu, and were greeted by the Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana. The World Water Day was designated by the United Na- tions in 1993 and since then has been marked around the world around a chosen theme. The theme for 2018 is 'Nature for Water'. Since 2013, HSBC has invested close to €1 million on water con- servation projects in Malta. For past World Water Days, HSBC Water Programme collaborated with MCAST, the Energy & Wa- ter Agency, Malta International Airport, Esplora, Living Waters and a host of other partners. GSD Marketing Ltd hosts the annual Coca-Cola Quality Safety Environment Business Unit Meeting THE Annual Coca-Cola Quality Safety Environ- ment (QSE) Business Unit Meeting was hosted at the General Soft Drinks plant between 27 and 29 March 2018. The three-day meet- ing brought together QSE Managers from Italy, Rus- sia, Mexico, Switzerland, Serbia, Poland and Bul- garia to discuss the im- plementation of the New QSE Governance plan and the Communication plan, amongst other internal topics. The CEO of GSD Mar- keting Ltd, Maria Micallef, gave a presentation to the participants regarding the general overview of the Maltese Islands and also highlighted the 2018 Busi- ness Plan for GSD Market- ing Ltd. The QSE manag- ers were given a tour of the plant and also met with the management team of GSD marketing ltd. "It was an honour for our company to be able to host this meeting, which was both productive and successful, at our plant. We work hard to meet the highest standards of prod- uct safety and quality. It is our goal to offer safe and refreshing beverages to all of our consumers," Mi- callef said. Students of Valletta Primary and San Gwann hold up placards at Pjazza San Gorg to celebrate the World Water Day 2018 Gozo students learn about the unique features of the ancient water canal system known as Ghar Ilma

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