Campaign on the rights of woman survivors of violence and their children to access support and protection 

August 2016 – Cyprus News, Sigmalive, Creates Own Step Up! Short Video

Sigmalive, a Cyprus news source, published a great short video showing huge support for the viral Step Up! Campaign in Cyprus, already with over 10,000 views on Facebook.


The national campaigning women’s organizations in Cyprus are WAVE Members Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS), led by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Association of Women to Support Living (KAYAD), led by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(President of KAYAD) and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

18 June 2016 – MIGS & Local Media Support the Campaign and Go Viral

The momentum of the Step Up! Campaign continues to be viral in Cyprus, as engagement with media is strengthened. On 18 July, this article was written by a Cyprus blog announcing that the Step Up! Campaign, coordinated by the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, is calling for specialized services for the elimination of violence against women. The article also goes on to explain how individuals can get involved in the campaign by sharing images on social media with the hashtag #StepUpWAVE or contacting MIGS.

19 June 2016 – Discussion about Step Up! on Kaleid Her Scope Radio

The weekly talk show on the MYCY community radio in Cyprus has been actively promoting the Step Up! Campaign, and so impressed with the national campaigners efforts to make the campaign go viral, dedicated an entire show to discussing the Step Up! Campaign.

Susana Pavlou and Mine Atli discussed KAYAD and MIGs, as well as the structure of the WAVE Network, provision of support services for women and children victims of violence, due diligence in the context of states ensuring support and safety for victims and the importance of ratifying the Istanbul Convention. Listen to the entire show, in English.

21 July 2016 – Cyprus Government Officials Join the Step Up! Campaign!

Cyprus Government Spokesperson Nikos Christodoulides, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades, Deputy Minister to the President Constantinos Petrides and Citizens' Alliance boss Giorgos Lillikas are among those who have publically voiced their support for the Campaign.

This exciting development in governmental support for Step UP! is highlighted in an online article for

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14 June 2016 - Social Media for Stepping Up with Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies

Alongside the press release, the Facebook page of MIGS shared photos inviting the public to join the WAVE Step Up! campaign, to improve the availability and access to quality specialised support services for women survivors of violence and their children. The photos called for the end of victim-blaming and rape culture, as well as for more women’s shelters in Cyprus.


Viral Campaign Launch with Association of Women to Support Living

KAYAD’s Facebook page was active with viral videos and photos of professionals on and around the launch date, demanding that the government and society #StepUp efforts to support women victims of violence. Vast amounts of individuals, from civil society members (including men) to government officials, from businesses to families, were releasing videos supporting the Step Up! Campaign.




Press Release for the Campaign Launch in Cyprus

On 25 May 2016, with the support of UN Women Orange Day, The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies disseminated a national press release raising awareness about the Step Up! Campaign.