Welcome to the UNESCO Chair in Gender Equality and Empowerment webpage!
The UNESCO Chair in Gender Equality and Empowerment at the University of Cyprus established in 2008 with the aim to provide a new paradigm on how common problems faced by the populations of the region can be addressed through the gender perspective. To achieve its objectives, the Chair undertakes an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation activities in the field of women and gender studies.
In this context, institutions, academicians, GOs and NGO's in Europe, the Balkans and Middle East, with respect to cultural diverse, combine their efforts through the UNESCO Chair for the promotion of gender equality. University of Cyprus and its partners on Gender Equality and Empowerment aim at functioning not only as a centre of excellence for local development on gender empowerment and collaboration, but also as a dynamic pole of synergy among chairs, networks, and working groups for the achievement of the UNESCO's objectives regarding the overarching global priority of gender equality. The Chair' s Partnership is carefully designed to contribute to North –South and South-South collaboration, regardless of geographical locations, for the promotion of a creative dialogue and mainstream anticipation of problems and negative attitudes in the socio-economic, educational, and political sphere. From this point of view, the partnership seeks to diagnose the real needs of each region and to act as a creative think tank that supports the development of local poles for the elimination of the theory praxis divide in gender equality and empowerment.
The UNESCO Chairholder,
Prof. Mary Koutselini
Department of Education