Cyprus’s first ‘Eriphyle, Women of Excellence’ awards ceremony was successfully organized in Nicosia on 31 January 2017. The event was attended by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Nicos Anastasiades.
The Eriphyle Awards were launched by the Cyprus Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW Cyprus) and the Cyprus Employers & Industrialists Federation (OEB).
In her welcome address, BPW Cyprus’s President, Mrs Mary Papadopoulou, clearly stated that the purpose of the event was not merely to recognize certain women in the business community, but also to nurture a new generation of woman entrepreneurs by empowering and encouraging them.
Mrs Papadopoulou emphasized the need to ensure that businesses run by women would not remain a theoretical concept with limited implementation. On the contrary, they should be a fundamental parameter and a fully integrated component of today’s economic reality and productivity landscape.
Mrs Papadopoulou’s message to the young women of today was clear: “Be bold, you can; dare to dream; the future belongs to you.”
Referring to the award winners that were honoured during the event, Mrs Papadopoulou described them as two examples of inspiring individuals, who, by way of example, encouraged others to stay active and creative, and who were not content with the status quo, but always believed that everything is possible.
During the ceremony, the following awards were presented:
• Woman in Business Award: This award is granted in recognition of women who have a track record of successfully running a business or organization. The Evaluation Committee took into account, among other things, business development activities, evidence of progressive policies in relation to business management and human resource management, as well as corporate social responsibility. The Eriphyle Woman in Business Award 2016 was presented to Irena Georgiadou, Chairperson of the Board of the Hellenic Bank Public Company Ltd.
• Leading Woman Award: This award honours women who demonstrate professional excellence, community service, and actively promote and support other professional women, entrepreneurs and employees. The Eriphyle Leading Women Award 2016 was presented to Mrs Androulla Vasiliou, whose leadership skills and social participation have had a remarkable impact both in Cyprus and in the European Union.
The Awards were presented by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Nicos Anastasiades. In his speech, the President emphasized the crucial role of women in today’s economy, noting that the awards that were launched on this occasion constituted a powerful incentive to effect change in our society; a society which still sees its women leaders as the exception to the rule of having men in leadership positions. The President then congratulated BPW Cyprus and the OEB on this joint initiative.
The event was also attended by the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment, Members of the House of Representatives, state officials, representatives of private institutions and trade unions, as well as many other members of the business community.
BPW Cyprus sincerely thanks OPAP Cyprus, which fully supported the joint efforts of BPW Cyprus and OEB and was the main sponsor of the event.