The Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation Cyprus, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Cyprus and the University of Nicosia, are presenting the FES-Report titled “The LGBTI Movement in Cyprus Activism, Law, and Change Across the Divide” in Nicosia on February 19.
The event is open to the public and will be held in English.
According to the organisers, colonisation, ethnic division, and the influence of conservative socio-political actors have stalled the creation and development of an LGBTI movement in Cyprus.
The admission of the Republic of Cyprus to the European Union in 2004 has facilitated the mobilisation of LGBTI groups on both sides of the island.
Nonetheless, in Cyprus, LGBTI equality remains a work in progress. Since the early-2010s, a pan-Cypriot LGBTI movement is in the making that progressively increases its efforts not only for LGBTI legal recognition but also for substantive equality and intersectional justice. This report assesses the situation of the LGTBI communities on both sides of the divide.
18.15 – 18.30 Registration
18.30 – 18.50 Welcome and Introduction
H.E. Franz Josef Kremp, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Cyprus
Constantinos Phellas, Vice Rector for Faculty and Research, University of Nicosia
Hubert Faustmann, Director of Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation Cyprus
18.50 – 19.10 Presentation of the report by the authors
Nayia Kamenou, VC2020 Senior Lecturer, School of Applied Social Sciences & Deputy Director, Media Discourse Centre, De Montfort University, UK
Costa Gavrielides, Adviser to the President of the Republic of Cyprus for Multiculturalism, Acceptance and Respect for Diversity & Former President, Accept – LGBTI Cyprus (2012 to 2017)
Enver Ethemer, Independent Researcher & Co-founder, Envision Diversity
Okan Bullici, Psychologist & Co-founder, Envision Diversity
19.10 – 19.20 Comments by Sarah Petridou, Vice-President, Accept LGBTI-Cyprus
19.20 – 20.30 Discussion followed by a reception
Coordinator: Aristoteles Constantinides, Associate Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Department of Law, University of Cyprus
February 19 at 6.30pm
University of Nicosia
Unic Millenium Building – M203
46 Makedonitissas Avenue
Nicosia, Engomi 2417