The Line: Women, Partition and the Gender Order in Cyprus

Authored by: Cynthia Cockburn

Categories: Peace Support Operations, Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: De-escalation and Preventive Diplomacy, Nonviolent Resistance, Peacemaking, Political Transitions
Country: Cyprus, Greece
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Year: 2004
Citation: Cockburn, Cynthia. The Line: Women, Partition and the Gender Order in Cyprus. London: Zed Book,s 2004.

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Executive Summary

As Cyprus prepares to join the European Union in 2004, the pressure is on to resolve the long-standing partition between the internationally accepted Greek Cypriot Republic of Cyprus and the still unrecognized Turkish Cypriot Republic of North Cyprus. Based on action research among Cypriot women, this study documents the life of a remarkable women‘s project. The women take protest onto the streets, calling for peace and the inclusion of women in building a new Cypriot society. Cyprus, past and present, is a microcosm of wider social processes. A line has been destructively drawn, over decades, between two so-called ethnic groups. Over millennia, a similar line has been scored between women and men.