Gender equality in the workplace : the case of Cyprus
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This thesis takes up with the investigation of the position of women in the workplace and in the society in general in Cyprus. This thesis is focused on the investigation of gender inequality in Cyprus and especially the reasons of the non-progression of women in the workplace under the scope of the theoretical framework of agency, structure and culture. The empirical study was based on an inductive approach and using a mixed methodology the findings of the research were extracted both from an online survey and semi-structured interviews amongst accountants and academics as two representative professions in Cyprus. The main goal of this research was to examine whether there is gender inequality both in the workplace and the society in Cyprus and whether this inequality can be linked to the national culture. The thesis contributes to the general investigation of gender issues but most importantly in the investigation of gender issues in Cyprus as this area has been under-researched. The findings of this research suggest that women encounter obstacles on their way to the top of the organisational ladder and there is evidence that the difficulties they are faced with are mainly due to their role as mothers but also due to the gender specific roles deriving from Cypriot culture. However, albeit gender inequality is evident in Cyprus both in the society and the workplace things have started to improve both through the introduction of legislation on equality and also through women themselves who form their own networks and claim their rights in the workplace and the household.