Women’s Right to Vote in Cyprus
Aug 16, 1960

Number of female heads of state to date: 0

August 16th in History: Cyprus’ Independence

Cyprus gained independence from the United Kingdom on August 16, 1960, but the agreements that led to sovereignty failed to resolve serious differences between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. The first President of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios III, introduced amendments to the constitution in 1963 to eliminate some of the provisions favoring the participation of Turkish Cypriots in the government. The 1960s and early 1970s saw violence and foreign intervention by Greece and Turkey. Since 1974, Cyprus has been divided, and United Nations peacekeeping forces have maintained a buffer zone between the two sides.

The Woman of Cyprus – The Journey of a Century

April 12, 2019 – The Hellenic Centre and the Cypriot Estia of London invite you to the book presentation The Woman of Cyprus – The Journey of a Century by Androulla Vassiliou, former First Lady and ex- EU Commissioner. The presentation will be introduced by Mr Euripides L. Evriviades, The High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus and will conclude with a short presentation by Andria Zafirakou, the 2018 Global Teacher Prize Winner.
> Androula Vassiliou’s Biographical Note
> Woman of Cyprus exhibition at the Hellenic Centre, London

Facts and figures

Leadership and political participation – [UN Women]
Women in Parliaments: World Classification – [IPU]