Kate Hughes


This paper looks at the changing role of women in Cyprus and how this will affect traditional family structures. The paper does not claim, or intend to be a quantitative comparative study, but there are specific and relevant references to Britain. In the space of two generations women there have seen their lives, prospects and perhaps most importantly their expectations and perceptions undergo a profound change. This revolution is both positive and necessary but it has not always delivered the outcomes that many women either desired or expected. In many instances there has been a high price. Therefore it is argued that although social changes that promote the interests of women are to be welcomed, the dislocation of established values may affect the stability of the existing society. This should be acknowledged and the experiences of women in other parts of Europe looked at more closely.