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?...
Last updated: Oct 19, 2021
Voluntary Political Party Quotas*
|Party||Official name||Details, Quota provisions|
|Movement of Social Democrats||Kinima Sosialdimokraton [EDEK]||EDEK has a 30% quota for women.|
|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.
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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- Cyprus Parliament website