A Woman’s Battle for Divorce Rights in Malta

Last month Malta voted in a referendum to legalize divorce, and will become the last EU country to do so when parliament passes the new law this summer. The young lawyer behind the campaign says it’s high time the heavily Catholic nation joins the modern world.


Joining the Modern World

Deborah Schembri’s day is a historic event for Malta. In the referendum, fifty-three percent of the population voted in favor of having the right to divorce. It’s a clear result and an unexpected victory. Only Schembri believed in her mission from the beginning.

Divorce is not the only thing at stake here. This is also about the influence of Catholic Church, which has now suffered a historic setback. Schembri and her side succeeded in bringing Malta in line with modern standards.

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