Organised by Olga Balakleets, entrepreneur, under the patronage of Andri Anastasiades, First Lady, Cyprus, the annual event took place at Elysium Hotel, Paphos, between May 03 – 04.
In her address on the occasion, Zeta Emilianidou, minister, labour, welfare and social insurance, Cyprus, said eliminating practical barriers to women's professional development lay at the heart of her ministry’s strategy for promoting equal opportunities and equal pay. She also said these were key priorities in the ministry’s employment and social policy.
“Tackling the gender pay gap in specific, has been a priority during the last decade, as the Ministry recognises that wage discrimination against women can adversely affect women's future pensions, their standard of living and their well-being,” Emilianidou said.
She also noted the development of a national model for certifying enterprises promoting gender equality in the workplace had led to the identification of various good practices.
These included flexible working hours, reduced hours, compressed work weeks, and tele-working options for mothers of children under 18.
Emilianidou’s address was delivered by Marina Ioannou Chasapis, director, department, labour relations.