Gender policy is organically moving to the level of communities - the Minister of Social Policy

Ukrainian women are increasing their involvement in leadership positions in the regions. What are the local peculiarities and how to involve active women in leading amalgamated territorial communities? “Women’s leadership in communities – as a new quality of local politics” was the topic of one of the sessions at the Fifth Ukrainian Women’s Congress.
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Of course, the issue of inequality is still unresolved around the world. This was stated at the beginning of the conversation by the Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS Mirjana Spoljaric Egger. “At the current pace of progress, it will take almost 145 years to close the gender gap in political opportunities and 267 years to achieve full economic equality,” Mirjana Spoljaric Egger said.

However, gender policy in Ukraine is organically moving to the community level, the Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine Maryna Lazebna said. She noted that a woman is heading every sixth territorial community. The Minister spoke about legislative initiatives to support women’s social entrepreneurship specifically, noted the allocation of UAH 274 million for the establishment of specialized services to support victims of domestic violence and a project to develop social services in communities.

Women on the ground need more coverage of their activities. Maria Frey, General Producer of the regional broadcasting, noted that in order to be heard, you need to speak honestly to the journalists about the problem you are solving. And women often lose the opportunity to express themselves. You should not be afraid to speak within your competence, Maria Frey said.