“It should be seen as absolutely dreadful that only nine out of fifty members of Parliament are women...What we have been taught as women throughout the years is to be a mother, a cleaner of the household, a supporter of the husband, and a minority, which is half of the population that are not taken into consideration...Traditional statements such as 'behind every successful man lies a woman', 'the nest is made by the female bird' or 'man is the boss at home' do not contribute to the value of women and sets the traditional duties of women in a way that it is certainly diminishing.”
First Lady Meral Akıncı during an International Women's Day Panel, which was organised by the Turkish Cypriot Women's Association.
“We have about six percent female on average her with our troops. Police is higher, about 28 percent...I’m treated as I should be with due respect and people understand that I am the boss but I think that we have a responsibility to also to bring up younger women to get into these positions.
"The Secretary General is trying to change that. He wants to get 50 percent female leadership positions in all of the missions in the next coming years, which is very laudable. I think we need to help the women move up the ranks.”
Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Cyprus and Head of UNFICYP Elizabeth Spehar
“It is a shame that since 2014, the Gender Equality Department has still not been opened...Our ministry will continue to work to recognise work of women, improve women’s working conditions, increase their contribution to production, and to secure their social rights... In the past year 281 female victims of violence have applied to the Social Services Department, which shows the volume of violence towards women.”
Labour and Social Security Minister Zeki Çeler, after a visit to women workers at the Arun flour and Koop milk factories on International Women’s Day.
“We call for legal and institutional provisions to prevent domestic violence, the establishment of legal aid in legislation, and the trade of women.”
Gender Equality Platform
“Our biggest wish is that women in the country and around the world are given the necessary value and equality, not just for one day but for every day.”
North Cyprus Young Businessmen Association
“Women give birth to us, raise us and educate us to make us who we are with much love, affection and understanding, have to be respected by all classes of society.”
Girne Mayor Nidai Güngördü
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