There were 9 discussion platforms with 90 speakers during 2 days in one location on 10-11, December. Ukrainian authority representatives of all levels, public activists and distinguished guests from NATO, Council of Europe and other international organizations were represented as speakers. Almost 700 people from all over the world became participants of the event.
Participants of discussion platforms talked over the issues of equal access of women to political and economic life, involving them into security and peace-making processes, women’s labor rights, confronting gender-based violence and overcoming stereotypes together with enhancing gender education and upbringing.
Opening the Congress, Ukraine’s First lady Olena Zelenska initiated Ukraine’s accession to the Biarritz Partnership that promotes gender equality. The President’s wife emphasized: “Staying in the world’s context is impossible without enough attention and clear steps in gender quality”.
Top speakers from international organizations called Ukraine to strengthen women’s representation in authorities. As NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security mentioned, it is important to implement equal rights policy not just by increasing the number of women in politics, but also by strengthening their role in decision-making processes. Clare Hutchinson believes that “Including gender perspective into all processes and reforms is necessary, and it has to be a mainstream from the start of any sphere’s reforms”.
Valentyna Danishevska, the Head of the Supreme court, mentioned that people’s rights are inseparable from women’s rights while speaking at the discussion about women’s role in law enforcement activities. Dmytro Kuleba, deputy prime minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration mentioned that equal opportunities policy implementation can give a significant economic effect. “Gender equality issue should be a rule of everyday operational activity of any authority body. On the other hand, there are many researches that demonstrate how gender equality reveals great economic potentiality. Billions of dollars are hidden in equal opportunities for men and women in economics», he said.
According to the words by Olena Kondratiuk, co-chair of inter-fractional parliamentary association in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine “Equal opportunities”, Vice-speaker of Ukrainian Parliament, «equality for men and women is a power and synergy of diversity, conscious mutual respect. Gender equality if not just a “fashion” or something exotic that you want to taste. Equality for men and women must be a rule in Ukraine as in other civilized countries, firstly in European Union and NATO countries».
Olena Kondratiuk called to everyday work on implementation of equal rights policy in Ukraine. She thanked to all the participants and guests for the possibility to talk over gender equality issues on such a high level.
Maria Ionova, co-chair of inter-fractional parliamentary association in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine “Equal opportunities”, People’s Deputy of Ukraine, called for joint work at all levels of authorities. “We are sure that we are starting preparations for the 4th Ukrainian Women’s Congress together with our partners», she added.
As a conclusion of two-days discussions, the 3rd Ukrainian Women’s Congress published its Resolution, which defines new curriculum for Parliament, Government, local authorities and civil society institutions.
Read full text of Resolution at this link – http://womenua.today/resolution-2019/