MIGS was partner in a bi-communal project coordinated by MC-Med in cooperation with Intercollege entitled 4th International Symposium: The State of Civil Society: Where should we go from here? funded by UNDP – Action for Cooperation and Trust. This project was a follow-up to a project also conducted by MC-Med and Intercollege entitled CIVICUS: Civil Society Index (CSI) that aimed to assess the state of civil society and map out its strengths and weaknesses on both sides of the island.

The 4th International Symposium brought together civil society actors, government authorities, and other relevant stakeholders to discuss topics generated by the CSI study including networking and fundraising, code of ethics, multiple-sector partnerships, the gender gap in civil society, among others. In preparation for this event studies were conducted on both sides of the island on these topics and presented at the Symposium. This was followed by workshops which discussed issues brought forth by the presentations.

Gender Gap in Civil Society

The CSI study found that more then 40% of Civil Soceity Organisation (CSO) representatives from both sides of the island felt that women were somewhat under-represented as members of CSOs. However, when it comes to women in leadership positions in CSOs, over 40% said that women were severely under-represented or absent. In addition, over 50% of respondents said that residents of rural areas were either severely under-represented or absent as members or leaders of CSOs. The CSI findings are limited to the opinions of CSO representatives that participated in the study about CSOs in general within their community.

The CSI study found that more then 40% of Civil Soceity Organisation (CSO) representatives from both sides of the island felt that women were somewhat under-represented as members of CSOs. However, when it comes to women in leadership positions in CSOs, over 40% said that women were severely under-represented or absent. In addition, over 50% of respondents said that residents of rural areas were either severely under-represented or absent as members or leaders of CSOs. The CSI findings are limited to the opinions of CSO representatives that participated in the study about CSOs in general within their community.Within the framework of this MIGS conducted a study with a sample of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the south to directly assess the extent to which women participate in CSOs, quantifying if and where there is a gender gap, and identifying the barriers and constraints potentially excluding women from participation. The study was completed in January 2007 and the main findings where presented by our main researcher, Stalo Lesta, at the Gender Gap workshop that took place during the 4th International Symposium on the 4th May 2007.

To download the Results of the Research Report in PDF click on the link below:

Participation in NGOs: The Gender Gap in Participation

To view the invitation for the Symposium click on the link below:

Fourth International Symposium on the State of Civil Society: Where do we go from here?

For more information on this project please contact:

Stalo Lesta on ++357 22 351 276, ext. 115 or

stalo.lesta@gmail.com and stalo.lesta@novernaplus.com.

You can also visit the MC-Med and Intercollege websites at:

www.mc-med.org and www.intercollege.ac.cy respectively.