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Statement by the Commissioner on Gender Equality of the Republic of Cyprus, Ms. Iosifina Christodoulou

General Discussion – 68th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

New York, 18 March 2024

Madame Chair,

Cyprus aligns with the statement delivered by the European Union. Allow me to add some remarks with my national capacity.

I am deeply honoured to address the 68th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, dedicated to such important priority theme. I extend my heartfelt appreciation to the bureau of the Commission on the Status of Women for organizing this critical meeting.

The urgency of this year’s priority theme cannot be overstated. Despite efforts made in recent years, gender inequalities persist, obstructing the full realization of women’s and girls human rights worldwide. The feminization of poverty remains a harsh reality, which is the result of economic marginalization, of limited access to education, to healthcare, to financial resources and restricted employment opportunities.

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