Alice Yotopoulos - Marangopoulos

The rising widespread prejudice that women are a secondary gender, created only to serve the first category, that is men, in all fields, has been one of the greatest obstructions to yet fully achieve gender equality for women.

A specialist in women’s rights

Alice Yotopoulos-Marangopoulos is a specialist in women’s rights. She has views about how to influence women achieving greater gender equality in society. She has made it her business protecting other people’s human rights in society, and has co/authored many books on the subject.

Alice Yotopoulos-Marangopoulos has long been recognised for her efforts to challenge traditional gender roles and gender stereotypes. She has achieved visibility and recognition, as a woman, nationally and internationally. She has been the President of the Greek League for Women’s Rights and of the International Alliance of Women.

In her experience, “The rising widespread prejudice that women are a secondary gender, created only to serve the first category of human beings - that is, men - in all fields; has been one of the greatest obstructions to yet fully achieving gender equality for women.”

Equality and not discrimination

Alice Yotopoulos-Marangopoulos’ multiple accomplishments are extensive. They show that it is possible for women to break gender stereotypes in all areas of life. She is an Emerita Professor of Criminology, and former President, of the "Panteion University" of Athens; a Lawyer at the Supreme Court, and at the State Council of Greece. She has been the founder and, for the last 35 years, the President of the Marangopoulos Foundation for Human Rights, a very active NGO which enjoys consultative status with ECOSOC (United Nations’ Economic and Social Council), UNESCO and the Council of Europe.

She was a member of the Commissions that achieved the reforms of the Hellenic legislation (Family Law, decriminalisation of abortion, etc.). Following her proposal, the principle of gender equality was introduced in the Constitution of Greece in 1975. The 2001 revision of the Greek incorporated, upon her proposal, the principle of effective equality and the quota system in the public life. Also, in 2002, Alice Yotopoulos-Marangopoulos had been invited by the Cypriot Government to make proposals for the revision of its Constitution regarding the provisions on gender equality and on human rights.

Women should have full rights and decisions over their own bodies and on family planning

During her Presidency of the National Commission on Human Rights of Greek Republic, Alice Yotopoulos - Marangopoulos successfully fought to abolish the marriages of minors, namely 12 year old Muslim girls to adult males. The National Commission of Greece voted unanimously to disallow this practice on the grounds that are contradictory to Greek and International law.