Cyprus Interaction Lab hosts the first ‘Women Power” fair in Cyprus

Cyprus Interaction Lab and the Women Power project team (winning project of the Mahallae program – funded by the UNDP) welcomed an audience of 80 people, who attended their successful ‘Womenpower Fair’ last Wednesday, April the 29th.

The fair aimed to ‘inspire, empower and link women mentors and mentees’, and focused on the current state of gender-related issues in Cyprus as well as the challenges that women are faced with, in terms of social, career and personal development.

The WomenPower team had the privilege to host a number of women in key positions and roles within the Cyprus political, scientific, academic and trade scenes. The event commenced with keynote speaker – former foreign minister Erato Kozakou Marcoullis, who talked about “breaking the glass ceiling in decision-making positions” (view presentation) and continued with a number of notable and inspiring talks with a global appeal to women from different generations and various disciplines within society. The following speakers were:

  • Skevi Koukouma-Koutra, Member of the House Standing Committee on Human Rights and on Equal Opportunities for Men and Women, Vice President of Women’s International Democratic Federation
  • Xenia Constantinou, Political Scientist, Chairwoman of GODISI
  • Souzana Pavlou, Director of the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies
  • Angeliki Gazi, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Internet Studies
  • Josephina Antoniou, Chair of ACM-W Cyprus, Lecturer in Computing, University of Central Lancashire Cyprus
  • Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, President of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association
  • Androulla Shati, Anakyklos NGO
  • Antigoni Parmaxi, Christina Vasiliou, Andri Ioannou, Christiana Kouta, Giorgos Lambrou, Maria Kapardis, Women Power team

We thank everyone for participating in the Women Power fair and stand by them in full support of their efforts in contributing to related actions in empowering women today.

For further information visit the online WE-ME platform  which aims to link women mentors and mentees together to help increase collaboration, support and solidarity between different generations of women.

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