Preventing violence against women is an ongoing political priority for the government, which has implemented important actions and policies to tackle this complex problem, said Labor Minister Zeta Emilianidou.
Addressing the annual general meeting of the Association for the Prevention and Treatment of Violence in the Family, Emilianidou congratulated the association for its contribution to the important work of prevention and fight against domestic violence .
In his address read by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Emilianidou said that a milestone in the government’s effort was the functioning of the House of Women, in the context of the implementation of the obligations arising from the Convention of Istanbul of the Council of Europe on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. violence, which Cyprus ratified in November 2017.
For her part, Anastasia Anthousi, Cypriot Deputy Minister of Social Affairs, told the AGM that cases of domestic violence increased by around 30% during the COVID-19 pandemic and stressed the need to implement effective policies.
“Domestic violence is a social problem which in a modern society takes on multiple dimensions,” she said, adding that the fight against domestic violence requires a holistic approach, as violence in the family includes various forms of violence such as psychological, physical and verbal abuse.
By strengthening synergies with voluntary organizations and with the implementation of government programs, our aim is mainly to protect victims of domestic violence, but also through correct education of society to develop healthy conditions that could prevent the This complex problem is increasing, Anthousi added, noting that amid the socio-economic conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic, cases of domestic violence are increasing, especially against women and children.
The need to tackle this long-standing problem “is more imperative than ever,” added the Deputy Minister.