Cyprus Gender Research Centre (EKIF)

National Network

17 Ithakis street
2400 Nicosia

E-Mail (2)
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
Fields of Activity
  1. Gender
  2. Heritage
  3. Human rights
  4. Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  5. Research
  6. Youth and education
General Information

The structure of the organization consists of a seven-member board. We set up committees consisting of members of the board and other partners (e.g. researchers) for drafting up project proposals, collecting and analysing data, and writing up reports.
Our budgetary resource ranges from 5000 to 10000 euro per year. Our main sources of funding are membership fees and project grants mainly from governmental sources, such as ministries and departments. We have also received funding from the Commissioner of Public Administration, the University of Cyprus, the National Machinery for Women’s Rights, the National Youth Organization, the Head of the European Parliament Representation in Cyprus, the Unesco chair for Gender Equality of the University of Cyprus, the Union of primary and secondary school teachers.
Modalities of action: seminars, research projects, networking activities, press releases, dissemination of findings through publications and the website, interventions, participation in conferences and seminars.

Mission and Objectives

The Cyprus Gender Research Centre (EKIF) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) committed to developing and providing activities mainly through research which enhance the ability of men and women to live in a world of equal opportunity. The activities of EKIF aim to promote equal opportunities and policies that will allow reconciliation of work and family life for all members of society. EKIF's main concerns are women's under-representation in decision-making bodies, exploitation of female immigrants, trafficking and violence against women and children. It also promotes human rights on a national and European level for the elimination of all forms of gender discrimination. Through advocacy and intervention, EKIF aims at developing critical thinking regarding equality and the deconstruction of gender stereotypes ingrained in the Cyprus society.

Main Projects / Activities

We carried out the following seven research projects on a national level:
1. Parliamentary elections 2006: The gender preferences of Cypriot voters (2006)
2. The representation of male and female teaching personnel in primary and secondary education and its implications on educational and social outcomes (2008)
3. Female immigrants - Profile, obstacles, needs, aspirations (2010)
4. Mapping the research landscape in Cyprus through the gender perspective (2012)
5. The gender perspective of unemployment: views and attitudes of youth, employers and trade union officials (2016)
6. Parliamentary elections 2006 and 2016: The gender preferences of Cypriot voters (2016)
7. Gender in Entrepreneurship: views, attitudes and intentions of university studnets (2018)

Our current research project: 'Views of students and teachers as regards the successful integration of students with migrant biography in the school environment from the gender perspective'.

For all projects, a public seminar was organised in order to disseminate the main findings of each project. The findings of the projects are published electronically and in print in order to influence policy makers and other interested parties.

All our projects and activities are uploaded on our website (

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

We can share our experience in designing and implementing research projects on a national level and disseminating findings. We have completed successfully projects that touch on youth issues, gender, human rights and immigrants. Hence, our expertise and knowledge gained could be of use to the network in our country. We would support the efforts of the network for promoting a society free of discrimination that encourages inclusiveness, empathy and dialogue.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

We would like to join the ALF network in order to
- Share the ALF network vision
- Join forces with other Euro-Mediterranean organizations that focus on intercultural action around the three pillars: Empowering young voices; Influencing policymakers; Building a movement for dialogue and exchange in the face of growing mistrust and polarization among societies.
- Enrich our expertise regarding the promotion of human rights, intercultural cooperation and fighting discrimination

Additional Information
Contact (1) Full Name
Dr Despina Solomi
Job Title
Head of the organisation
Dr Despina Solomi
Contact (2) Full Name
Dr Eleni Demosthenous
Job Title (2)