Cyprus Mail

One fifth of candidates pledge commitment to gender issues

The Green Party had the most candidates willing to commit to gender equality issues

A TOTAL of 106 parliamentary candidates responded to the campaign of the Cyprus Women’s Lobby (KLG) and promised to support six commitments to promoting gender equality if elected on Sunday,

Of the 493 parliamentary candidates, 106 or 21 per cent have pledged to support gender issues once elected.

The candidates responded to the online campaign ‘You pledge I vote’ by the KLG, which said on Monday that gender equality was not high on the agenda of political parties or political and public debate.

“The campaign concentrates on the economy and the Cyprus issue, ignoring that equality is an integral part of both these issues and that the needs, expectations and interests of women are marginalised,” it said.

“With more women in parliament there would be more chances to prioritise gender issues.”

It should be understood that issues such as violence against women, equal pay, sexual and reproductive health, and reconciling family and professional life are not women’s issues but concern the whole of society, KLG said.

Of the total of 108 women candidates 40 per cent pledged their commitment, while of the 385 men 16 per cent committed themselves.

Six belong to AKEL, 26 to DIKO, 11 to DISY, 23 to EDEK, 27 to the Green Party and 13 are from the Citizens’ Alliance.



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