Gender diversity ‘far from reality’ even in Cyprus
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.