The goal of Cyprus International University Women Empowerment Center (CIU-WEC) is to give talented but underprivileged young women a chance to pursue their ambitions in a supportive and challenging academic environment. The center was established as a meeting place to foster originality and encourage women to think beyond the box.
With its focus on education, WEC hopes to improve the lives of women and girls in the following ways:
- Contribute to the development of a more equitable society by fostering a more progressive pedagogical climate and expanding career prospects for women in STEM fields.
- Giving girls the tools they need to build a brighter future for themselves and their communities.
- Offering a forum to boost girls' self-esteem and autonomy.
CIU-WEC has successfully reached out to more than 500 local and off-campus young women thanks to its emphasis on diversity and cooperation.
STEM SCHOLARSHIP FOR GIRLS
CYPRUS INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY- WEC STEM FOR GIRLS
Women make up only 28% of the workforce in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and men vastly outnumber women majoring in most STEM fields in college. The gender gaps are particularly high in some of the fastest-growing and highest-paid jobs of the future, like computer science and engineering. (AAUW)
In view of this, the STEM scholarship for girls is designed to bridge the gap and get more girls to study STEM thereby contributing to gender equality in education.
ENGLISH BOOK CLUB
CYPRUS INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY- WEC ENGLISH BOOK CLUB
We understand how difficult learning English is for non-speaking English nationals. To this effect, we created a book club to help our students practice and learn how to speak English.
TECH SKILL TRAINING FOR GIRLS
CYPRUS INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY-WEC DIGIHUB
WEC DigiHub is a CIU International women center program that is aimed at equipping young women aged 18 - 35 with high-income and in-demand digital skills to stand out in the global labor market. Our mission is to empower at least 1000 young women with digital skills and the practical steps to market their skills and make a living out of their chosen path.
Our women in STEAM program is focused on building and nurturing creative women through music, arts, and poetry.
WEC Media is focused on sharing the stories and experiences of different women and providing an opportunity for full media representation of women through our blog titled: A Woman's Musings and Our WEC Talk Show.
SUPPORTING A FUTURE FOR AFGHAN GIRLS
As more girls and women are denied access to a full education, the future of Afghan women and girls has become a matter of great concern to us all. Education is a fundamental human right and a pathway to a more stable and sustainable future. IWEC aims to play a role in supporting Afghan girls' access to quality education.
PARTNERSHIP WITH LADIES MECHANIC INITIATIVE
A collaboration with the first female mechanic in Nigeria was fostered in order to provide girls with scholarship opportunities. Our aim is to create a gender-just society by increasing the number of females in stem-related programs and providing them with first-hand mechanical and technical skills. as well as improving the lives of all women regardless of their age, and social structure.
START UP KANO FOUNDATION
Start UP Kano started out of a passion to build solutions for our community. Northern Nigeria has been left behind in terms of employment, Technology, Entrepreneurship, and strong Networks
A bi-monthly publication of the center gives an in-depth look into the everyday life of a woman.
1. WEC INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY IS HELD EVERY 8TH OF MARCH
International women's day is a worldwide celebration of women and CIU-WEC is commemorating this day annually with conferences, booth campaign, Social media sensitization and workshops that focus on the ongoing progress of women around the world.
2. 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. Highlights of the event include seminars, Social media awareness and other activities such as a walk that aim to bring students together and create awareness on the Gender Based Violence and the role of the community to mitigate this menace.
3. GOING GREEN WITH FEMININE HYGIENE
CIU being ranked the 111th most sustainable campus and the only campus to make the world ranking on the island of Cyprus, was the driving force for CIU women empowerment center to initiate the Go Green with feminine hygiene on campus as an annual event to educate and enlighten the young girls on campus. Going green is important for the health and safety of our own bodies and our planet. Making green choices and reducing our environmental footprint can start with your feminine hygiene routine. Through this campaign, we hope to educate and sensitize young ladies about the importance of using sustainable hygiene products. Highlights of this event include free skincare consultation with medical professionals and workshops to educate females on campus on the relevance of feminine hygiene and sustainable feminine products.
4. WORLD CULTURAL DIVERSITY DAY ON 21ST MAY
CIU is a multicultural society with over 110 countries. CIU-WEC commemorates the world's cultural diversity day through a round table discussion for dialogue and development with female students from different cultures. The aim of this is to understand the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace and sustainable development as well as appreciate the cultural diversity between different countries.
5. BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
Breast cancer awareness month in CIU-WEC involves days of campaigns to gain and spread knowledge and to educate young girls about breast cancer and what role society plays. This campaign takes place every 13th to 31st of October. The color pink is used to represent this awareness on campus and is a form of sensitization on social media.
Women Empowerment Center
Student Services Building
Tel: +90 392 671 1111 Extension: 2085
Weekdays: Monday- Friday 08:30-16:00