Trans Workers – Same Work campaign

​This campaign is a partnership between the SOGIGESC Unit and JOBSPLUS which aims to promote positive representations of Trans persons in employment and promote inclusive employment practices.

Malta is recognised as having one of the best legal and policy frameworks in relation to gender identity and gender expression, being one of few countries to provide constitutional protection against discrimination on the ground of gender identity. Legal gender recognition procedures are accessible and based on the principles of self-determination and bodily integrity. Discrimination in access to and while in employment is prohibited. 

Despite Malta’s comprehensive legal and policy framework protecting trans persons from discrimination, according to the EU LGBTI Survey II of 2019, conducted by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency: ​

  • 15% of trans persons in Malta reported experiencing discrimination in looking for a job;
  • 35% reported experiencing discrimination at work in the 12 months prior to the survey; 
  • 20% often or always experienced a general negative attitude at work due to them being Trans in the previous 5 years; 
  • 41% rarely or never felt that their rights were supported, defended or protected at work in the previous 5 years;
  • 44% rarely or never saw anyone at work support, protect or promote the rights of LGBTI persons.

The campaign involves the portrayal of 6 trans persons employed in both the private and public sector representing trans men, trans women as well as non-binary identities occupying various roles, including with the Malta Police Force, the Retail and Services Sectors, Social Services and the Volunteer Sector. The campaign was promoted on news portals and social media as well as through two radio adverts highlighting positive experiences in employment.

The awareness campaign is also accompanied by an Information Leaflet aimed at employers providing informatio​n and good practice guidelines in relation to trans persons in employment. Further training can also be requested from the SOGIGESC Unit through its online form​.​