UN approves of Cyprus’ stance on women’s rights

The UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against.Women has praised Cyprus for the progress it has made in combatting the problem.

The committee approved of Cyprus’ 2014-2017 strategic action plan on gender equality and its survey of the financial consequences of divorce for men and women, according to a press release from its 70th meeting in Geneva.

The committee pointed out sectors in which additional measures could be taken to improve Cyprus’ compliance with the provisions of the convention on preventing discrimination against women.

Head of the Cypriot delegation Law Commissioner Leda Koursoumba presented developments in Cyprus and pointed out that, due to the 1974 Turkish invasion and occupation of Cyprus’ northern third, the authorities of the Republic of Cyprus are prevented from exercising effective control and safeguarding women’s rights in the northern Turkish occupied areas.

Chair of the committee Dalia Leinarte from Lithuania congratulated Cyprus on its efforts to abolish discrimination against women and encouraged the Cypriot delegation to evaluate and respond positively to the concerns expressed, for the benefit of women and girls in Cyprus.

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