Women at workequality versus inequality: barriers for advancing in the workplace

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    This study aimed at identifying the factors that working women in Cyprus are faced with which lead to experience discrimination, examining possible barriers that affect women's advancement and identifying organizational practices that assist them in achieving work-life balance. The data were collected by the distribution of a questionnaire, which was on a voluntary, anonymous and confidential basis and targeted women of four different occupational levels. Several barriers were identified, preventing them from advancement such as stereotypes, conflicting work and family obligations, lack of women role models and low levels of self-confidence. This research enhances women's awareness of the existence of gender discrimination at work and the barriers in their career advancement. It highlights the creation of company programs such as mentoring programs, refresher courses, flexible work hours and on-site childcare, which could help women in developing and advancing their careers as well as achieving work-life balance.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4231-4245
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
    Issue number20
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012


    • Cypriot working women
    • gender inequality
    • organizational practices
    • working women
    • workplace discrimination


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