Gen­der di­ver­sity ‘far from re­al­ity’ even in Cyprus

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

Mem­bers of the WISTA net­work of women at man­age­ment level in the mar­itime in­dus­try were not at all sur­prised to hear that equal op­por­tu­ni­ties and equal pay for women are still far from re­al­ity in Cyprus.

The re­sults of the study were pre­sented by Anna Koukkides Pro­co­piou, Pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for the Pro­mo­tion of Women of Europe (AIPFE Cyprus) at a regular WISTA meet­ing.

The ma­te­rial of Anna’s pre­sen­ta­tion of the gen­der di­ver­sity re­search project con­ducted by AIPFE was cause for a lively dis­cus­sion and the sec­ond item on the agenda, a per­sonal ac­count by Mar­i­anna Char­alam­bous (Direc­tor at MxC­con­sult­ing, LLM Oil & Gas) about her life as a fe­male de­ci­sion maker in Europe and the USA, only con­trib­uted to the de­bate. The meet­ing heard that there are no easy so­lu­tions to change the deeply rooted causes of the in­equal­ity of women in the work­place.

“How­ever, rais­ing the sub­ject in the open and shar­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and thoughts, surely helps us to fo­cus on this im­por­tant is­sue with re­newed en­ergy, so we con­tinue to try and achieve equal op­por­tu­ni­ties for women,” added Pro­co­piou who is also a mem­ber of the Cyprus Women’s Lobby, a mem­ber of the Cyprus Lit­er­acy Board, and a mem­ber of the ad­vi­sory board at the Cen­tre of Euro­pean and In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs, Uni­ver­sity of Ni­cosia.

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