Women in Male-dominated occupations: gender inequalities in Cyprus National Guard
AuthorConstantinou, Louciana D.
PublisherΠανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου, Σχολή Οικονομικών Επιστημών και Διοίκησης / University of Cyprus, Faculty of Economics and Management
Place of publicationCyprus
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This study presents the results of a research conducted to identify to what extend inequality exists between the two sexes, specifically in male-dominant work places. Focus has been placed on the experiences and opinions of current employees of the Cyprus National Guard. The methodology used for the collection of the data used in the research paper is the qualitative research approach, via semi-structured interviews held. The interviewees were employees who do not have the same positions and/or do not have the same degree of power. The sample of interviewees consisted of 20 individuals who are currently employed by the Cyprus National Guard. The findings of the research paper, unfortunately, lead to the conclusion that there is evident discrimination and inequality between the sexes in the workplace and especially in male-dominated work environments. It is also understood, that a majority of the employees believe that the presence of women in the army is not imperative for the day to day running of the National Guard, on the contrary, the believe the existence of female employees causes more disturbances. Furthermore, workers tend to have prejudices against women working in the National Guard. This study is based on previous literature on the prejudices, discrimination and bias that women experience in their workplace and in particular in male-dominated work environments. The research studies the data of Cyprus, a fact that strengthens the literature.