The first Ukrainian Women’s Congress organized at the initiative of Inter-Factional Deputy Association in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine “Equal Opportunities” started its work on Wednesday, 22 November, in Kyiv.

The event brought together about 300 most active women and men successful in politics and business, representatives of non-governmental organizations and the media, to unite them around the idea of gender equality in various sectors of the Ukrainian society as a basic element of the country’s sustainable development.

In her welcoming word, Olena Kondratiuk – Co-chair of IDA “Equal Opportunities” emphasized that the event will feature a number of important discussions, during which speakers and participants will discuss issues of enhancing justice and equity.

Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman attended the opening of the Congress. He stressed the importance of overcoming gender inequality and all the obstacles faced by women in the country. “Speaking about the Ukrainian parliament, its structure in gender terms has changed somewhat, but this is not enough”, said V. Groisman and promised to facilitate the resolution of gender issues in the country.

7 discussion panels dedicated to political and public empowerment of women at various levels, involving women in the peacemaking and security sector, counteracting gender-based violence, and overcoming gender stereotypes, as well as improving gender education and awareness will be held during 2 days.

Thematic discussions will be attended by the state elite, Ukrainian and foreign parliamentarians, representatives of international organizations, local self-government bodies, domestic and foreign experts.

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