Minister for European Affairs and Equality
Government of Malta
First elected to Parliament in 1996, she served as Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister between 1996 and 1998. She was subsequently re-elected to Parliament in 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2017 - making Dr. Dalli’s experience in the Maltese Parliament one of the longest held by a woman in Maltese politics. During the 2013-2017 legislature she was minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties. Under her direction the Government introduced several laws and policies to strengthen the equality and human rights framework placing Malta among the first in Europe in this field. Helena Dalli holds a PhD in Political Sociology and lectures in Economic and Political Sociology, Public Policy, and Sociology of Law at the University of Malta. In 2016 Minister Dalli was the first Maltese nominee and winner of the European Diversity Award for her work in human rights and equality at the local and international level.