On the 12 September 2016, MIGS participated in a meeting of the House Committee on Human Rights and on Equal Opportunities. The meeting took place following the decision of three NGOs, including MIGS, not to renew their membership at the Multi-disciplinary Coordinating Group to Prevent and Combat Trafficking in Human Beings. At the meeting MPs were updated on the implementation of relevant legislation on trafficking in human beings, and the functioning of the Multi-disciplinary Coordinating Group. A second follow-up meeting will take place in October.
In response to the underrepresentation of women (12.5%) in the House of Representatives in Cyprus, and on the occasion of the May 2016 parliamentary elections in Cyprus, the Mediterranean Institute of Gender studies has published a report entitled ‘Gender, Power and Democracy: The Contribution of Women in the House of Representatives‘ which was co-financed by the National Machinery for Women’s Rights of the Ministry of Justice and Public Order.
In order to facilitate the process of compliance with Article 51 of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) on risk assessment and risk management, MIGS carried out a study on “Risk Assessments of Domestic Violence”, with funding by the National Machinery of Women’s Rights of the Ministry of Justice and Public Order. The study examines and analyses existing risk assessments mechanisms on domestic abuse both in Europe and internationally that have shown a high rate of success, as well as the legislative and other measures required to ensure effective implementation of such mechanisms. The report also provides specific recommendations on the implementation of a risk assessment and risk management mechanism in Cyprus, taking into account the legislative framework and the specific country context.
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On the 16 June 2015, Cyprus signed the Convention of the European Commission for Prevention and Combating of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. In order to facilitate ratification of the Convention in Cyprus, MIGS carried out a study to examine compliance of national standards, legislation and policy with the standards of the Convention, making specific recommendations for the adoption of specific legislative and other measures. The study was commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and Public Order and provides a valuable tool that will facilitate the process of ratification, by providing a blue-print for comprehensive legislation on violence against women in Cyprus. The aim is to promote an integrated approach to preventing and combating violence against women in Cyprus, with the active involvement of all relevant stakeholders including women’s organisations and NGOs.
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On the 15 September the non-governmental organisation Politia organized their annual conference on the occasion of Democracy Day at the University of Nicosia. During the event that focused on ‘Women and Democracy’, Susana Pavlou, Director of MIGS, received the Democracy Award from Iosifina Antoniou, Commissioner for Gender Equality, for her ongoing work and contribution to democracy in Cyprus. A panel discussion followed with guest speakers Eleni Karaoli, Secretary of the Cyprus Women’s Lobby, Anastasia Papadopoulou, Legal Expert, and Erato Kozakou Marcouli, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs.