The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies concentrates on the following areas of activity.

A. Civil Society Programme
MIGS promotes initiatives which strengthen and enhance civil society participation and that empower women, especially in the processes of governance. Priority is given to issues of involvement of women in local and national government; engaging minority and socially excluded groups in training and debate in order to help promote diverse public dialogue; combating gender discrimination and domestic violence; enhancing and promoting social empowerment, human rights and people’s diplomacy. Within the framework of this program MIGS is and has been involved in the following activities:

Daphne II-Date Rape Cases Among Young Women / Integration of Female Migrant Domestic Workers / Elani: Open Doors – Equal Initiative

Prevention of Violence Against Girls and Women in Patriarchal Families / Measures to Integrate Women Refugees / Gender, Conflict and the Media

B. Education and Leadership Programme
The dynamics of political leadership are explored through two approaches used in conjunction to one another: scholarly and experiential learning [through training, workshops, conferences, meetings and so on]. Emphasis is put on younger women, potential leaders, and other female leaders in the social and political domains who will work directly with international academics and specialists in dealing with traditional and contemporary decision-making processes. Particular focus areas are young women’s development and organising; information technologies and the media and, women’s political participation. The Institute can potentially support female students whose post-graduate work is related to the Institute’s areas of competence and concern. Within the framework of this program MIGS is and has been involved in the following activities:

Grundtvig 2 – Young Women Fit for Politics! / Daphne II-Secondary Education Schools and Education in Values

Empowerment of Young Women in Politics Through Mentoring Programmes

C. Trans-national Peace Initiatives
Given the transforming global political climate and conditions in South Eastern Europe, the Near East, the Middle East, and the whole of the region, priority is given to the following areas: Gender and Peace-making, Peace-building, Peace-Keeping; Preparing for Peace; Policy Making and Ethnic Identities; The Role of Culture in Reaching agreements; The Role of Women in Peace; The Role of Violence during Peace Processes; Minority Rights; Conflict Management and Conflict Resolution; Demilitarisation; Development and Conflict; Media, Gender, and Conflict; Post-Conflict Conditions. The above areas have attracted the attention of various funding agencies and scholarly work both in Europe and elsewhere. Within the framework of this program MIGS is involved in the following activities:

MEDA – Role of Women in Economic Life

Gender, Conflict and the Media

D. Archival and Publications Programme
The progressive development of a well-organised, informative web-page on the activities of the Institute, a specialised collection of publications at the Institute’s offices and its function as a reference centre for academics, students and other interested parties in its areas of competence are important channels of information and networking. We are currently developing such a programme with the aim of collecting the works of influential thinkers in any area of gender studies. This library will specialise in archival material on Cyprus and the region that relates to gender studies and publications with reputable works, which relate to the Institute’s programmes and activities. Within the framework of this program MIGS is and has been involved in the following publications:

Reference Guide to Gender and Women in Cyprus / Honour Related Violence / The Gender & Media Handbook / Glossary on Migration / Glossary on Gender

The Institute encourages diverse approaches, creative activities, and a variety of methodologies, and epistemologies in order to promote its broader objectives of an egalitarian, non-sexist, pluralistic, democratic, and tolerant society.

Projects and Partners
The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies is currently involved with various European Union programmes and has conducted projects relating to issues of gender in collaboration with Intercollege, the United Nations Office for Project Services, the Council of Europe, the British Council in Cyprus [and in close collaboration with offices in various Mediterranean countries], the European Centre for Common Ground, the European Journalism Centre, the Embassy of the United States of America in Cyprus, as well as various other regional, European and international organisations. The projects involve research, training, lectures, seminars, workshops, and conferences.

Criteria for the Development of Programmes
The criteria which need to be considered for the implementation of the programmes stated above, should include the following:

1. Participation of women and institutions is an integral part to the process of building and sustaining civil society projects and central to the institute’s aims and objectives.

2. Sustainability: Given the critique against past efforts of dealing with issues of gender especially in Cyprus, the long-term commitment of the institute [through the project leaders] must be confirmed in order to ensure a transformative and sustainable effect of the project and activities. In order to do so, the projects need to be accumulatively transformative and have more of a sustainable rather than a corrective approach to creating an egalitarian, pluralistic, non-sexist society.

3. Civic Institutions are essential in linking the individual to society and can thus potentially have an effect to the state’s processes. The institute thus promotes and systematically encourages the creation, development, and communication amongst such institutions in order (to give women access to a voice and presence) at all levels of governance.

Please click on the links below to view our organisational leaflet:

MIGS Information Leaflet [PDF]

For more information on our projects and activities please contact us at:

Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies
46 Makedonitissas Ave.,
P.O. Box 24005, Nicosia 1703, Cyprus
Tel.: +357 22 351 274
Fax: +357 22 353 682