On the occasion of International Women’s Day Gender Equality Technical Committee (GETC) reaffirms commitment to its mandate to produce ideas for structures that will safeguard gender equality and social rights not only for women but for all marginalized groups in communities in Cyprus.
In a press statement on the occasion of the International Women’s Day GETC indicates that its establishment by the two Cypriot leaders last year is a significant realization of the gendered aspect of the Cyprus problem and notes that it will strive for the inclusion of gender equality provisions in all the issues under negotiations as well as in the future federal constitution.
Reminding that according to the United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) women should be active participants not only at the negotiating table but also in the post-conflict peace building processes, GETC stresses that as the peace negotiations are underway, it is committed within its mandate to produce ideas for structures that will safeguard gender equality and social rights not only for women but for all marginalized groups in our communities.
GETC believes that “the gender perspective and the recognition of the need to initiate processes to eliminate the marginalization and exclusion of women in the political process in Cyprus has been long over due.”
Adding that it is fully aware of the importance of the active involvement of all in building sustainable peace and reconciliation, GETC reaffirms to this end that its understanding of peace extends beyond the absence of military violence and necessitates the abolition of structural violence, such as poverty, hunger, all forms of discrimination and social injustice.
“We are committed to building a Culture of Peace based on the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms, eradicating poverty and reducing inequalities, eliminating all forms of racism, ensuring gender equality and eliminating all forms of discrimination and violence as well as promoting environmental sustainability, and building strong democratic institutions that uphold transparency and accountability” GETC notes.