Center for Gender Equality and History (KIIF) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established in July 2017. Our aim is to promote scientific / research-based knowledge and action for gender equality. Our approach puts emphasis on the empowerment of women, men, LGBTQ, and all genders. Our vision is to build a space for us to reclaim both our past and our future on the grounds of scientific knowledge, mutual respect, social justice, individual freedom, human rights, participation, democracy and equality.
Our special emphasis on history, as a separate pylon of KIIF’s activity, derives from the depressing invisibility of gender and women’s history in Cyprus and from understanding that stories and narratives are an inseparable part of one’s present. In this context, KIIF’s aspiration is to help gender history and women’s stories to be heard and used as powerful tools towards empowerment and reflection. The aim is to advance our understanding of the present and contribute to the shaping of the future of gender relations by better understanding the roots of patriarchy, homophobia, gender hierarchies etc.
As an NGO, the organization is governed by the General Meetings of its members which occur every year in order to elect an Administrative Board of nine members. Then, the elected members make an internal election to decide the structure of the Board. Namely, the Administrative Board consists of the President of the Board, the Secretary of the Board and the rest six Members of the Board.
Almost all official meetings of the Board are open to the members of the organization to observe and participate in the conversation. The current Administrative Board consists of Evanthia Tselika (President), Eirini Kyritsi (Secretary) and Gozde Gayde, Vasiliki Farao, Andria Kyprianou, Andrea Neophytou, Marilena Zackheos (Members).