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June 24, 2019, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"There were reports of violence against women, including spousal abuse, and the number of reported cases has sharply increased in recent years. The law establishes clear mechanisms for reporting and prosecuting family violence and provides that the testimony of minors and experts, such as psychologists, may be used as evidence to prosecute abusers. The law provides for the imprisonment of persons found guilty of abusing family members. The court can issue a same-day restraining order against suspected or convicted domestic-violence offenders. Doctors, hospital workers, and education professionals are required to report all suspected cases of domestic violence to police. Many victims refused to testify in court, however, and by law,...more
June 24, 2019, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Couples and individuals generally were able to decide freely the number, spacing, and timing of their children; to have the information and means to do so; and to attain the highest standard of reproductive health free from discrimination, coercion, and violence. There was easy access to contraception and skilled attendance during childbirth" (Pg 19).
June 24, 2019, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The most significant problems during the year remained trafficking in persons for sexual exploitation and labor; police abuse and degrading treatment of persons in custody and asylum seekers; and violence against women, including spousal abuse" (Pg 1).
June 24, 2019, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"In April 2014 the ombudsman and the commissioner for the protection of children’s rights called on the government to terminate the practice of detaining migrant mothers of young children for deportation and instead to implement alternative measures as provided by EU law and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Council of Europe commissioner for human rights also declared that arresting migrant women because of their irregular entry or stay in the country, especially women accompanied by dependent children, without examining alternatives to detention did not conform to international human rights standards. The NGO Cyprus STOP Trafficking staged a hunger strike to protest the detention of migrant...more
June 24, 2019, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-3, ERBG-PRACTICE-4, LO-PRACTICE-1, LO-LAW-1

"Women generally have the same legal status and rights as men under family law, property law, employment/labor law, and inheritance laws. The law requires equal pay for equal work or work of equal value. Women experienced discrimination in such areas as employment, credit, pay, owning or managing businesses, education, and housing" (Pg 19-20).
June 24, 2019, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRCM-PRACTICE-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, with a maximum sentence of life in prison for violations. The government enforced the law effectively. Most convicted offenders received considerably less than the maximum sentence" (Pg 18).
June 24, 2019, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2, DV-LAW-3

"There were reports of violence against women, including spousal abuse, and the number of reported cases has sharply increased in recent years. The law establishes clear mechanisms for reporting and prosecuting family violence and provides that the testimony of minors and experts, such as psychologists, may be used as evidence to prosecute abusers. The law provides for the imprisonment of persons found guilty of abusing family members. The court can issue a same-day restraining order against suspected or convicted domestic-violence offenders. Doctors, hospital workers, and education professionals are required to report all suspected cases of domestic violence to police. Many victims refused to testify in court, however, and by law,...more
June 24, 2019, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"The Association for the Prevention of Domestic Violence carried out a national study on domestic violence against women in 2012. The results indicated that at least 28 percent of women over the age of 18 had suffered some form of violence at home, including physical and sexual violence but also economic, social, and emotional/psychological violence. Approximately 57 percent of the women who reported having been victims of violence did not tell other persons about their abuse. The highest proportion of female victims of violence (36 percent) was in the 45-to-64 age group" (Pg 18).
June 24, 2019, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, with a maximum sentence of life in prison for violations. The government enforced the law effectively. Most convicted offenders received considerably less than the maximum sentence" (Pg 18). "The law prohibits commercial sexual exploitation of children; the penalty for violations is up to 20 years in prison. Possession of child pornography is a criminal offense punishable by a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment. Authorities enforced these laws. The minimum age for consensual sex is 17; sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 17 is a criminal offense. The penalty for sexual intercourse with a girl between the ages of 13 and...more
June 24, 2019, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The most significant problems during the year remained trafficking in persons for sexual exploitation and labor; police abuse and degrading treatment of persons in custody and asylum seekers; and violence against women, including spousal abuse" (Pg 1). "There were reports of violence against women, including spousal abuse, and the number of reported cases has sharply increased in recent years. The law establishes clear mechanisms for reporting and prosecuting family violence and provides that the testimony of minors and experts, such as psychologists, may be used as evidence to prosecute abusers. The law provides for the imprisonment of persons found guilty of abusing family members. The court can issue a same-day...more
June 24, 2019, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1

"Women generally have the same legal status and rights as men under family law, property law, employment/labor law, and inheritance laws. The law requires equal pay for equal work or work of equal value. Women experienced discrimination in such areas as employment, credit, pay, owning or managing businesses, education, and housing" (Pg 19-20). "Laws and regulations prohibit direct or indirect discrimination with respect to employment or occupation regarding race, nationality, gender, disability, and sexual orientation. The government did not effectively enforce these laws or regulations. Discrimination in employment and occupation occurred with respect to race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and HIV-positive status" (Pg 29).
June 24, 2019, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace and provides a penalty of up to six months in prison and/or a 12,000 euro ($13,200) fine" (Pg 19). "Women generally have the same legal status and rights as men under family law, property law, employment/labor law, and inheritance laws. The law requires equal pay for equal work or work of equal value. Women experienced discrimination in such areas as employment, credit, pay, owning or managing businesses, education, and housing" (Pg 19-20).
June 24, 2019, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"An NGO reported that in February 2014 police arrested a Sri Lankan woman while she and her three-year-old son were visiting her husband at the Lakatamia detention center and threatened her with deportation without her child. Authorities placed the child in foster care until the mother was released a month later. The Sri Lankan national was married to an EU citizen and had temporary residence. In 2013 she filed a complaint against three police officers, alleging they had arrested her without cause and beat her while she was 11 weeks pregnant, causing her to suffer a miscarriage. The Independent Authority investigated the 2013 complaint and in April 2014 reported that...more
June 24, 2019, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: CONST-LAW-1

"The law prohibits discrimination based on race, gender, religion, political opinion, national origin or citizenship, social origin, disability, sexual orientation, age, and language, and the government effectively enforced these prohibitions" (Pg 18).
June 24, 2019, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-LAW-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The legal age of marriage is 18, but persons between the ages of 16 and 18 may marry, provided there are serious reasons justifying the marriage and their legal guardians provide written consent. A district court can also allow the marriage of persons between the ages of 16 and 18, if the parents unjustifiably refuse consent or in the absence of legal guardians" (Pg 20).
June 24, 2019, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"Sexual harassment was reportedly a widespread problem, although victims did not report most incidents to authorities. The ombudsman’s 2013 annual report indicated that 24 percent of complaints submitted to the Equality Authority, a subsection of the ombudsman’s office, concerned sexual harassment. From January through October, the Department of Labor received 10 complaints regarding sexual harassment. In 2014 the Department of Labor received and investigated two sexual harassment complaints, both submitted by foreign, non-EU nationals. It concluded that no unlawful act could be proven. The office of the ombudsman, in its capacity as the Equality Authority, provided training to police, social workers, health care providers, teachers, prosecutors, labor and immigration service...more
June 24, 2019, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1, GIC-LAW-1, GIC-LAW-3

"Laws and regulations prohibit direct or indirect discrimination with respect to employment or occupation regarding race, nationality, gender, disability, and sexual orientation. The government did not effectively enforce these laws or regulations. Discrimination in employment and occupation occurred with respect to race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and HIV-positive status submitted to the Equality Authority in 2013 concerned allegations of discriminatory treatment of pregnant women in the workplace and 15 percent of the complaints concerned alleged dismissal of pregnant women" (Pg 29-30).
May 15, 2019, 6:51 p.m.
Countries: Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Central African Rep, China, Cote D'Ivoire, Cyprus, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mongolia, Niger, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Syria, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

3.0
April 4, 2019, 7:45 a.m.
Countries: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-3

1.0
April 4, 2019, 7:40 a.m.
Countries: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-2

0.0
April 4, 2019, 7:27 a.m.
Countries: Albania, Algeria, Angola, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Brazil, Burma/Myanmar, Chad, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Paraguay, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Ukraine, United States, Vanuatu
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-3

3.0
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: GIC-LAW-1

"Three Maternity Protection Laws were enacted during 2011-2016: Law 2011 [L.70(I)/2011], Law 2015 [L.175(I)/2015] and Law 2016 [L.118(I)/2016]. These Laws improved the level of protection for pregnant women as follows: prohibition of dismissal of a pregnant worker provided that her employer has been informed of her pregnancy in writing (the same provisions equally apply to a woman who intends to adopt a child); extension of the maternity leave by an additional four weeks for each additional child in the case of multiple births; additional maternity leave in the case the child is hospitalised immediately after birth for health reasons" (35).
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: MMR-DATA-1

"It must be noted that the maternal mortality rate for Cyprus is one of the lowest in the world, with the cumulative crude rate for the period 2004-2015 standing at 6.9 maternal deaths per 100.000 live births (Source: Death Registry, Health Monitoring Unit, Ministry of Health, Cyprus)" (30).
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"The Equality Body of the CAHRP launched a campaign in 2016 in order to inform pregnant women, new mothers and women in general of their rights under national legislation. A leaflet was issued and disseminated to all public hospitals, many private clinics and to all Citizen Service Centres. Also, it was well received via the media (press, radio, TV) and people contacted the CAHRP, during and after the campaign, in order to obtain more information. The Advisory Committee for the Prevention and Combating of Domestic Violence (ACPCDV), in collaboration with ministries and equality bodies, has delivered a number of seminars. The Department of Labour of the MLWSI has been distributing...more
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"The percentage of women in the HOR [House of Representatives] was 17.86% (10 out of 56) in 2016, showing an increasing trend as compared to 12.5% in 2009, 10.7% in 2001 and 5.4% in 1991" (21).
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: ISTD-PRACTICE-1

"The HPV vaccination has been introduced for free to girls of a certain age group through the School Health Services. Those eligible for the programme are girls attending public and private schools who were born between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2004. The programme is complemented by a series of lectures on topics related to reproductive issues, contraception and information on HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases" (29). I am including this here because HPV is an STI (CEM - CODER COMMENT).
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-3

"Gender equality is also considered in research and development. Providing equal opportunities to scientists irrespective of their gender will help harness the full potential of Europe’s talented workforce. Within this framework, Cyprus focuses on eliminating gender parity barriers in the field of research and development (R&D). Emphasis is on eliminating stereotyping of women’s inferiority in their ability to compete with men and devotion to their careers. This is promoted through measures to facilitate the reconciliation of family and work life, as well other specific measures that support female scientists’ careers. The most important measures introduced so far in the field of R&D are the following: a) The establishment of the...more
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The policy of raising awareness and informing women of their rights has been further developed and expanded, with all relevant parties disseminating information. Ministries and other government authorities, and in particular the NMWR, as well as professional organizations and NGOs, have delivered information through seminars, lectures, conferences and publications" (7). "Gender equality has also been included in the in-service training seminars of the Pedagogical Institute of the MOEC and the Police Academy. Most importantly, training, raising awareness/education of public officers, including prosecutors, judges and lawyers, has been included in the SAPGE (2014-2017) initiated by the NMWR" (7). "On 2 December 2016, the Office of the CGE and the NMWR organized...more
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: GP-DATA-2

"Further to contributing to the negotiation process, the TCGE [Technical Committee on Gender Equality] organized a number of gender-related activities, such as: a) A panel discussion on 10 March 2016 (to mark International Women’s Day) on how women are better at building peace, which was facilitated by UNFICYP and the UN Good Offices Mission in Cyprus; b) Meeting the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia during her visit to Cyprus on 5 and 6 May 2016; c) A conference, organized in November 2016, entitled 'Pathways towards Sustainable Peace: Building UNSC Resolution 1325 into the Cyprus Context', that brought...more
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"Cyprus signed the Istanbul Convention on 16 June 2015, following a Council of Ministers decision dated 2 April 2015. This was the outcome of a thorough study prepared by the Technical Committee on Gender Equality, assisting the Ministerial Committee in its work, which examined the obligations of the State under the Convention, as well as the cost for their implementation" (15).