The Parliaments of Cyprus and Britain will work to promote gender equality issues at parliamentary level, representatives from both side heard.

President of the House of Representatives, Demitris Syllouris, received on Thursday a three-member delegation of the British Isles and Mediterranean Region Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians which is in Cyprus for contacts with members of the House of Representatives.

The delegation includes chairwoman Roberta Blackman-Woods and MPs Margaret Mitchell and Rhian Tooley, led by former chairwoman BIMR CWP, Joyce Watson and the CPA’s regional secretary, Jon Davies.

A House press release said the Speaker informed the delegation on initiatives to further strengthen cooperation between Cyprus and the Commonwealth especially in the field of higher education.

They also examined views on strengthening women’s participation in politics in both Cyprus and the UK and confirmed the readiness of both sides to support and cooperate on gender equality especially at parliamentary level.

The same issues were examined during a meeting of the British delegation with the chair women and members of the House Standing committees on Refugees, Enclaved and the Missing and Interior.

Special reference was made to the problems that vulnerable groups face in Cyprus such as refugees, single parents, victims of abuse and human trafficking.

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