News Local New government spokesman Koushos apologises to women

New government spokesman Koushos apologises to women

Newly-appointed government spokesman Kyriacos Koushos on Wednesday apologised to women over comments perceived as sexist concerning the limited female representation in the reshuffled cabinet of President Nicos Anastasiades.

The only woman minister is Zeta Emilianidou who holds the portfolio of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance.

Koushos told Radio Active that if his statement which was among the first made in his capacity as spokesman was misinterpreted and perceived as offensive then he had no problem retracting it. And apologising for it.

He also said that he would not stop short of apologising to anyone for any statement he makes and which is perceived as offensive.

Koushos had told state television that Emilianidou’s presence in the Cabinet was so strong that she could cover for all women.

Former first lady and ex European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou as well as ex  foreign minister Erato Kozakou Marcoulli were among the first women to raise objections describing Koushos’ statement as sexist – to say the least.

 

Read more:

https://in-cyprus.com/president-promises-reforms-as-new-ministers-sworn-in/

 

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