Gender Equality: The need to combat gender discrimination

The Committee on Gender Equality in Employment and Vocational Education focuses on the need to combat gender discrimination

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The Committee on Gender Equality in Employment and Vocational Education focuses on the need to combat gender discrimination, through a statement issued on the occasion of International Women's Day.

Cyprus has adopted legislation on violence against women, which is in line with the Istanbul Convention, and addresses all forms of violence against women and girls, criminalizing sexism, criminalizing harassment and improving the legal framework for equal treatment of men and women at work, with more severe punishments. The "House of Women" is also a pioneering achievement in the whole effort to support women, it is pointed out.

In terms of gender equality in employment, and based on data from the Statistical Service, an increase of 4,4% on an annual basis showed the labor force in Cyprus, which amounted to 472.314 people or 64,6% of the population in the third quarter 2021, compared to 452.154 people (62,9%) in the corresponding quarter of 2020. Specifically, the number of employees was 440.959 people and the employment rate 60,3% (men 66,3%, women 54,8%) in compared to 414.920 people (57,7%) in the corresponding quarter of 2020. The number of unemployed rose to 31.355 people and the unemployment rate to 6,6% of the workforce (men 6,1%, women 7,2%), compared to 37.234 people (8,2%) in the corresponding quarter of 2020.

According to the Statistical Service, in the ages 20-64 the employment rate was 77,2%. The percentage for men was 83,2% and for women 71,5%. In the corresponding quarter of 2020 the percentage was 74,5% (men 81,4%, women 68,0%). Part-time employment accounted for 11,0% of total employment or 48.482 people (men 9,4%, women 12,7%). The corresponding percentage for the 3rd quarter of 2020 was 10,2% (men 7,9%, women 13,0%). Unemployment among young people aged 15-24 was 14,5% of the labor force of these ages (men14,1%, women 14,9%) compared to 20,4% (men 30,2%, women 10,8, XNUMX%), in the corresponding quarter of last year.

The Committee on Gender Equality in Employment and Vocational Training will continue to stand by all employees regardless of gender, age, etc. Employees facing gender discrimination in employment should contact the Commission at 22 600920, by e-mail [email protected] and on the website www.eif.gov.cy.