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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

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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

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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

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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).
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: DLB-DATA-1

"In addition, the MJPO, the NMWR, the CGE, the MOEC, the MIGS and the IMH Business are implementing the European programme entitled: 'Breaking the Mould: Promoting Gender Equality in Cyprus'. The programme is of a two-year duration (2016-2018), and was funded by the European Commission. Its objectives include the promotion of flexible working arrangements for men in Cyprus, and encouraging companies and particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to implement simple, family-friendly measures. Moreover, the project aims to change the stereotype that domestic work is not a masculine role" (15).
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

"In 2015, the female employment rate (59.0%) was still lower than the male employment rate (66.7%)" (26).
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: LDS-LAW-1

"In the period under review, further measures were introduced for the benefit of domestic workers. In 2015, the Ministerial Committee on the Employment of Aliens changed the basic criteria for the employment of migrant workers, giving them the right to request a release-paper from their first day of employment. Previously, a release-paper could not be given to foreign workers before they had completed their first three months of employment with the first employer. This change has reduced the potential for exploitation, since migrant workers can immediately leave unsuitable employers, and has assisted in better-matching domestic workers and employers." (31).
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-4

"Women remain an important target group supported by the Government through the Grant Scheme known as 'Scheme for the Enhancement of Women’s Entrepreneurship', specially designed to encourage business development. The Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism will continue to implement the Scheme, which is part of the Strategic Development Plan (2014-2020). The Scheme provides women with substantial financial assistance and training programmes for the creation of new, modern and viable small and medium-size enterprises. Prospective female candidates should have completed their 18th year of age and be no more than 55 years of age on the date of submission of their proposal. The Scheme encompasses all activities in the...more
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"According to EUROSTAT official data, the gender pay gap in Cyprus declined to 15.8% in 2013, compared to 16.2% in 2012 and 16.4% in 2011. Within the period under review, the Government of the Republic of Cyprus intensified its efforts on bridging the pay gap" (27). "A total of 468 complaints were received by the Equality Body during the period March 2011 to August 2016. Of these, 205 (44%) were submitted by women who claimed discrimination on the basis of gender: ... 14 cases concerned discrimination because of gender on issues related to recruitment, salary, promotion" (10). This indicates that there is discrimination in salary (CEM -CODER COMMENT).more
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-2

"A bill entitled 'The Thirteenth Amendment of the Constitution Law of 2015' has been submitted to the HOR. This will enable family courts, in divorce cases to sit with a single judge. This measure is expected to significantly accelerate the judicial proceedings, for the benefit of all involved. Delays in such proceedings have proved to adversely affect women more than men" (35).
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"In terms of victims’ willingness to seek help through the national Helpline, data collection has improved as more women have been encouraged to report cases of violence. The Helpline, operated by the Association for the Prevention and Handling of Family Violence (APHFV) since 1990, offers counselling support, provides information on victims’ basic rights and options, and puts victims in contact with other services dealing with domestic violence. It operates daily, including holidays and weekends, free of charge. During 2015, the Helpline received 7769 calls, of which 1511 became cases" (7-8). "In September 2014, the APHFV inaugurated a shelter for victims of domestic violence in Paphos. Another shelter was inaugurated in...more
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-4

"The State’s response to social relations of today, which include new forms of symbiotic relationships and a growing diversity, was the enactment of The Civil Union Law 2015 [L.184(I)/2015] on 9 December 2015, which introduced the institution of civil union in national legislation. Legally, a civil union (between same or opposite sex partners), has the same effects and consequences as a marriage solemnised in accordance with the Marriage Law, with the exception of issues relating to adoption. Up to January 2017, 88 civil unions had been solemnized" (35).
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"In December 2016, a new women’s wing was inaugurated by the MJPO. This is part of a project by the MJPO to upgrade and modernise the prisons, which began in December 2014 at a cost of around €700,000. The new wing consists of 20 cells with a capacity for 40 women and is expected to help alleviate overcrowding as well as improve the living conditions of female inmates. It is also expected to provide better possibilities for correction and personal development" (14). "The gender gap decreased to 7.7 percentage points (pp) from 14 pp in 2009 (the female employment rate was 62.3% and the male employment rate was 76.3%)" (26)....more
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"The empowerment of the POCTHB is aimed at providing qualitative, proper and in-depth investigation of trafficking cases by the police, as well as improving the operational abilities of the police. Since its expansion, the number of convictions has increased. In 2014, 14 persons were convicted under the provisions of the Anti-Trafficking Law, while in 2015 the number of convicted persons rose to 21" (19). "All victims of human trafficking, including male victims and victims of labour trafficking, have access to all the services provided to victims of trafficking. On the island, there is one state shelter for victims of trafficking. However, there is a provision in the SAPGE (2014-2017) for...more
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The Council of Ministers decided (Decision No.75.317, dated 19.6.2013) to recognise children of IDP mothers as displaced persons entitled to all rights the children of the IDP fathers have regarding all existing benefits (e.g. housing schemes). By the enactment of the necessary legislative amendment [L.170(I)/2013] on 27.12.2013, the children of IDP mothers can participate on an equal footing in housing schemes and in renting subsidy schemes" (33).
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"In November 2012, the Gender Equality Unit of the MJPO, with the support of the European Commission, organized a two-day conference on Combating Domestic Violence against Women in the EU, in the framework of the Cyprus Presidency of the European Council (June-December 2012) (hereinafter the Cyprus Presidency). The aim of the conference was to review progress at the EU level on preventing and on combating domestic violence against women and to provide a forum for the exchange of good practices and lessons learned in the Member States. In November 2013, the ACPCDV organized a Pancyprian Conference on 'Domestic Violence: prevention, protection and prosecution' in Nicosia, which aimed to review progress...more
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

"Further to the enactment of legislative measures safeguarding women’s rights, several NAPs have been developed in line with the national policy on gender equality. The SAPGE (2014-2017), adopted by the Council of Ministers on 23 December 2014 (Decision No. 78.071), was prepared by the Gender Equality Unit of the MJPO in close collaboration with all government departments, the CGE, women’s organizations and other NGOs, academic institutions and human rights bodies" (8). This indicates that NGOs and government departments cooperate (CEM - CODER COMMENT).
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The MJPO [Ministry of Justice and Public Order], in order to pave the way for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, promoted, inter alia, the following measures: … c) Enactment of the Violence in the Family (Prevention and Protection of Victims) (Amendment) Law, 2015 [L.172(I)/2015] ... e) Enactment of the Establishing Minimum Standards on the Rights, Support and Protection of Victims of Crime Law, 2016 [L.51(I)/2016], transposing Directive 2012/29/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 replacing Council Framework Decision 2001/22/JHA. The purpose of the Law is to enhance the protection of the victim both in terms of procedural rights and in terms of physical...more
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Demand for sexual services is a key factor fuelling trafficking. To reduce demand for sexual services the Thematic Group formulated proposals for workshops. After consulting academic institutions, the group designed a series of workshops to raise awareness among university students on the issue of trafficking. The first cycle of the workshops is scheduled to commence in January 2017 and to end with the academic year 2016-2017. The attitudes and behaviour of students towards the issue of trafficking and sexual services will be evaluated both prior to and after the completion of each workshop" (20). "Until July 2014, the SWS provided financial support to male victims of trafficking, as well as...more
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-3

"A total of 468 complaints were received by the Equality Body during the period March 2011 to August 2016. Of these, 205 (44%) were submitted by women who claimed discrimination on the basis of gender: ... 14 cases concerned discrimination because of gender on issues related to recruitment, salary, promotion" (10).
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"A bill entitled The Protection from Harassment and Stalking and other Related Issues Law, criminalising harassment and stalking has been prepared, in accordance with Article 34 of the Istanbul Convention and is due to be enacted" (15).
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Equality Inspectors of the Department of Labour of the MLWSI play an important role in combating gender discrimination in employment. During 2012-2013, officers of the MLWSI, as well as officers of the Ombudsman’s Office, received intensive theoretical and on-the-job training on the enforcement of equal pay and equal treatment in employment legislation. During 2015, there were more than 1,000 inspections on equal pay legislation, with the aim to monitor and further reduce the gender pay gap" (10). "The PCGE [Police Committee for Gender Equality] was established in 2008 following a decision by the Council of Ministers. Its main tasks are the full implementation of legislation on gender equality among...more