Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has expressed its intention to continue the effort for more women to participate in decision making centres on the basis of their abilities.
In a statement at the Presidential Palace, on Friday, on the occasion of a one-hour strike by women, President Anastasiades expressed “the admiration, the appreciation but also the gratitude of the state for women’s contribution to the social, political, cultural and not only action.”
“We should also acknowledge at the same time their contribution to struggles for freedom of any country in danger,” he added.
President Anastasiades gave examples of the recognition by the government of the importance of women, pointing out that two women, the Minister of Labour and the Deputy Minister of Shipping, are members of the Cabinet, that he has named a woman for the role of European Commissioner on behalf of Cyprus, that over half of Commissioners in Cyprus are women, that 34% of semi-govermental organisations’ presidents are women while 36% of their boards of directors are also women.
It is my intention, he added, “to continue the effort to have an even greater number of women in the various decision making centres on the basis of their abilities.”
He also noted that Cyprus ranked 5th in 2017 in the EU on the gender pay-gap with 13.5% while the EU average was 17%.
President Anastasiades assured women that “as equal partners we will continue to make sure that the state’s policies contribute to the substantial equality between men and women.”
Asked whether a recent statement he has made that he intends to give women in the Cabinet a greater role is an indication of his intention for a government reshuffle, he replied: “you will find out soon.