Country / Region profile of: Cyprus

Cypriot women continue to face challenges from low public participation, inadequate protection from sexual violence, and lack of funding and expertise in women's organisations. Cyprus has been divided into Turkish and Greek sides since 1974, and it is home to the longest-serving peacekeeping mission in United Nations history. Leaders from both sides are engaged in peace talks to resolve long-standing disputes; however, women have been severely underrepresented in both peacekeeping and decision-making roles during the peace process between the Turkish and Greek Cypriots. Cyprus acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1985. Cyprus has signed the Arms Trade Treaty on July 3, 2013; however, it has never ratified it. Cyprus is ranked at number 92 of 144 listed countries in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Cyprus did not participate in the 2017 October Open Debate on Women Peace and Security. In 2017, Cyprus spend $394.7 mln on its military. Cypriot women activists have been staunch advocates for inter-ethnic peace and a unified nation in the midst of the current conflict that continues to split the island.

“From education to political representation, from violence against women to sexual and reproductive rights – traditional values and rigid gender roles are pervasive.” - Susana Pavlou


$ 394,700,000
Military expenditure
Cyprus spends USD$ 394,700,000. on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Supporting women's participation in conflict resolution
This amount could be used in work of UN Women to build women's participation, helping to prevent and resolve conflicts... for 24 years!
NAP 1325
Cyprus does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments