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Highest-ever percentage of women in Parliament

Stella Kyriakidou (centre right)

Women now comprise 20 per cent of parliamentary seats with AKEL MP Irene Charalambidou garnering the highest number of votes of any candidate across Cyprus.

Saying she was honoured to have received 16,847 votes, she pledged she would continue working with the same zeal and was honoured to serve the public.

In second place was DISY’s Stella Kyriakidou with 13,694 votes.

The new parliament’s make-up now includes 19.6 per cent women, an increase from the previous 12 per cent.

In total, 11 women have seats in the House, up from seven, marking it the highest female participation ever.

This was hailed by the Gender Equality Commissioner Iosifina Antoniou who said “without a shadow of doubt strengthening female participation in all decision-making bodies is one of the main conditions in achieving equality between the two genders.”

Applauding the feat she added: “We will continue this fight and efforts with a greater goal of establishing a culture or equality and equal opportunity for men and women.”

Nevertheless, people shouldn’t be comfortable with the results as the “the image of political power remains predominantly male” with a long way to go for equality, she cautioned.

Antoniou expressed hope this would be a matter brought up by the new MPs.

The most popular candidate on the DIKO ticket was Christiana Erotokriou with 7,222 votes in Nicosia.

EDEK, the Green Party and ELAM have no women in parliament.

The Cyprus Women’s Lobby said “democracy without women – no thanks” and called on everyone to “fight against and obliterate violence towards women…reduce the wage gap” and “integrate a perspective on gender into all policies including the state budget.”

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