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Cyprus (Republic of Cyprus)

Cyprus (Republic of Cyprus) has a Unicameral parliament with the use of voluntary party quotas. 8 of 56 (14%) seats in the Vouli Antiprosopon / House of Representatives are held by women.

At a glance

Structure of Parliament: Unicameral

Are there legislated quotas...

  • For the Single/Lower House? No
  • For the Sub-National Level? No

Are there voluntary quotas...

  • Adopted by political parties? Yes

Is there additional information?...

  • Yes

Last updated: Feb 23, 2023

Single/Lower House

Vouli Antiprosopon / House of Representatives

Total seats 56
Total Women 8
% Women 14%
Election Year 2021
Electoral System List PR
Quota Type No legislated
Election details IDEA Voter Turnout - IPU Parline

Voluntary Political Party Quotas*

Party Official name Details, Quota provisions
Movement of Social Democrats Kinima Sosialdimokraton [EDEK] The main goal of ISDS is the participation and representation of women at all levels of its organization. For this purpose, at least 30% representation in collective bodies is guaranteed temporarily and until full equality is finally achieved. (EDEK statutes, Article 10)
Democratic Rally of Cyprus Dimokratikos Synagermos [DISY] DISY has a 30 per cent (30%) gender quota in its candidates for the parliament, municipal and European elections, as well as for the party's internal structures.
Democratic Party Dimokratikó Kómma [DIKO] Art. 10.2 Composition: The Central Committee consists of (...) c) Out of 120 elected members, of which at least 20% are women

* Only political parties represented in parliament are included. When a country has legislated quotas in place, only political parties that have voluntary quotas that exceed the percentage/number of the national quota legislation are presented in this table.

Additional Information

56 members are elected by the Greek-Cypriot community while 24 are elected by the Turkish-Cypriot community (seats currently vacant). (IPU-Parline 2021)

"Cyprus, already among the countries where women account for fewer than one in five members in parliaments, experienced a three per cent drop in representation compared with the 2016 parliamentary elections. Only eight women gained one of the 56 seats in parliament, translating to a female representation of 14 per cent. The decrease was described as a setback for Cyprus by the Gender Equality Commissioner Ioasifina Antoniou who said this will negatively impact social issues decisions." (iKnowPolitics 2021)





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