The Co-founders of the Congress, the People’s Deputies of Ukraine of the 9th and 8th convocations Maria Ionova and Svitlana Voitsekhivska shared their vision about the issues of equal rights and possibilities for men and women in Ukraine. Also, the co-founders informed the NATO representatives about the preparations for the 5th annual Ukrainian Women’s Congress, which will take place this year.
“There are several reasons for the fact that developing women’s opportunities in security and defense sector and peacebuilding keeps being the traditional topic for The Ukrainian Women’s Congress. The first one is that it’s been 7 years of war in our country, and women together with men defend the frontiers, so we have to ensure their right to keep military service in proper conditions and feel protected. The second one is that we have a national priority of European integration and joining NATO, and there are high standards for equal rights, opportunities and access of women and men to military service, and to the defense of civil people during the war in Eastern Ukraine. The third one is that signing the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 “Women. Peace. Security” requires the implementation of the National action plan, and we keep controlling and promoting it on our events”, – mentioned Maria Ionova, the People’s Deputy of Ukraine.
The NATO Representation to Ukraine mentioned their support to the Ukrainian Women’s Congress since the moment of its establishment in 2017. Several NATO senior representatives had speeches for the participants of previous congresses.
The NATO Representation to Ukraine will keep promoting Ukraine’s efforts on the way to gender equality in the security and defense sector and realization of the National action plan to UN Security Council Resolution 1325 “Women. Peace. Security”.