Cyprus has taken important steps towards gender equality, Minister says

Cyprus has taken important steps aiming at eradicating violence, discrimination and promoting equality between men and women in various areas, Minister of Labour Zeta Emilianidou has stressed, addressing the 25th ZONTA International Conference (Greece-Cyprus-Lebanon) with the theme Advocate-Serve-End Violence – Take action to improve the lives of women and girls.

She referred to the National Action Plans that Cyprus has adopted, to the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Government and the Cyprus Stop Trafficking organisation and said that Cyprus has ratified by law all international and European conventions that address trafficking in human beings and other related illegal activities.

The MoU with the Cyprus Stop Trafficking organization, she said, aims to coordinate action to provide services and ensure the necessary support for victims of trafficking, including access to information, support services, housing, employment and social reintegration.

Referring to the pay gap between women and men in Cyprus she said that this has fallen sharply in recent years and continues to follow a downward trend.

She recalled Eurostats latest official figures for 2016, according to which the gap is only 13.9% compared to 22% recorded in 2007.

Emilianidou said that in 2010 Cyprus had a pay gap higher than the EU average, while today it is ranked 9th among the countries with the lower percentage well below the EU average (16.2%).

“The downward trend in the wage gap between men and women in Cyprus is expected to continue”, she concluded.

Source: Cyprus News Agency