The ‘Emancipation’ of Maltese Women | AIWM

The ‘Emancipation’ of Maltese Women | AIWM

The next talk, hosted by the Association of International Women in Malta will take place on Tuesday 18th February. The subject of the next talk will be the  The ‘Emancipation’ of Maltese Women WWII to 1970’s – Liberation at last… or not? and will be presented by Mr. Simon Cusens, whose thesis “The Role of Women in WWII – The case of Malta” revealed the huge contribution made by women at every strata of society and the military, which was largely omitted from record. This newly found liberation for women ended abruptly after the war and the next few decades saw a return to the old attitudes and expectations.

Mr Cusens will discuss contemporary life for women at all stages of life during this post war era providing answers to questions such as: What was women’s social life like? What types of (different) women frequented Strait Street and similar night cabaret venues? How did adolescent women go about their free time? How was family life at home for a wife? How did romance work?

Simon Cusens is a WWII researcher and a Master graduate in Business Administration from Henley Management College of the UK and the Institute of Maltese Studies at the University of Malta.

Mr Cusens has contributed or taken part in several UK documentaries by the BBC or private productions on Wartime Malta. Mr Cusens is a consultant to PBS News Room and a regular contributor to several historical groups over social media. He is also a collector of WWII vehicles, militaria, Maltese rare books and Malta Ephemera.

Date: Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Time : 18:00 Welcome Cocktail, 18.30 Lecture

Registration : €10 per person (Guests, partners and friends are very welcome), Payment to be made upon arrival.

Bookings: please email Pauline Curran, directly  on

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