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Cyprus Internet Directory [ ‘I bow down in front of women with great love’ ]

‘I bow down in front of women with great love’

PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias yesterday assured Cypriot women that he would do everything in his power to support women’s rights.

Addressing women’s organisations affiliated to the National Mechanism for Women’s Rights, to mark National Women’s Day, Christofias said: “You will find us fighting next to you during this five-year period in attempts to support women’s rights.”

He added, “I bow down in front of women with great love.”

After the meeting, Justice Minister Kypros Chrysostomides and First Lady Elsie Christofias held a feast for the female organisations, among which were two Turkish Cypriot ones.

Speaking after the lunch, GODIK president and DIKO deputy Antigoni Papadopoulou said the organisations had discussed the President’s plans on equality issues and agreed he would implement his policies with the help of the National Mechanism.

She added that many significant steps had been taken in the right direction by the previous government. “It is important that there is a national action plan for women and we will seek its implementation,” said Papadopoulou.

“What we are expecting from the new President is an open line of communication, so that he can deal with matters taking into consideration female sensitivities; because we definitely want the Cypriot woman in decision making centres, as today her presence is minute,” she added.

The president of the Socialist Women’s Movement, Roulla Mavronicola, said she was satisfied from her meeting with the new President.

“We discussed various issues that concern the women’s Movement,” she said. “We found a response and we are hoping that we will have more meetings with the President of the Republic in order to make even bigger steps forward.”

Meanwhile, government, political parties and organisations yesterday called for the elimination of all discrimination against Cypriot women.

The Justice Ministry referred to the new government’s basic priorities in regards to the way women are treated in Cyprus. Among new minister Kypros Chrysostomides’ top priorities is to combat violence against women and stereotypes when it comes to the role of the two sexes.

DIKO’s women’s movement GODIK said it would continue to fight for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women. It added that would seek further modernisation of social attitudes, as well as ways to fuse family and professional life for women.
EDEK’s Women’s Socialist Movement (GSK) called for the appointment of an Equality Committee, which would be given the authority to deal with incidents of sexual discrimination.

GODISY said it would continue to participate “in the women’s fight to eliminate all inequalities against them”. The DISY women’s movement added: “Cypriot women continue to be treated unfairly, especially when it comes to salary inequalities between men and women in Cyprus, as well as the increased unemployment levels among women, compared to men.”

The Green Party sent out warm wishes to all women in Cyprus: Greek Cypriot, Turkish Cypriot, Maronites, Armenians and Latins, as well as all other foreign women living in Cyprus.

To celebrate the day, Turkish Cypriot women’s union BES and Greek Cypriot PEO’s SIDIKEK visited the Nicosia Municipality and Mayor Eleni Mavrou. A spokeswoman for BES said this was the chance to prove that everybody in Cyprus was fighting for equal rights in all sectors.

Trade union PEO, representatives of whom visited the island’s businesses offering women flowers, sent out warm congratulations to Greek and Turkish Cypriot women, pointing out that it would continue in its quest for establishing women’s position in society. Furthermore, PEO requested an active implementation of gender equality laws.


(Source: Cyprus Mail)



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