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, down from 17 per cent in 2016. This figure later rose to 12 women, or 21.4 per cent, after reshuffles a year later.
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.
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