Cyprus // Structures

The National Machinery for Women’s Rights (NMWR) under the Ministry of Justice and Public Order is the main coordinating body for the promotion of gender equality. It advises the Council of Ministers on policies, programmes and laws promoting women’s rights. The NMWR consists of a council that is chaired by the Minister of Justice. It comprises 17 women’s organisations, with advisory functions; an additional 60 NGOs; an interministerial committee consisting of gender focal points from all ministries; and a general secretariat run by the Equality Unit of the Ministry of Justice and Public Order.