It is important to note the significant progress in equal opportunities policy in Ukraine, which would be impossible without this constant platform. The lest one united more than 1500 men and women who drive those changes and share the key principles of gender policy into every sphere of life.
We achieved the increase of female representatives in Parliament and Government and legislation of election quotas. Girls now can study at military lyceums; women can occupy combat positions in The Armed Forces of Ukraine. The provisions of Istanbul Convention Action against violence against women and domestic violence were implemented as well.
However, we do not stop there, and the 3rd Ukrainian Women’s Congress states the following priorities:
To the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine:
1. Consider adherence to the principles of gender equality in parliamentary reforms by adopting a code of ethics which could make any forms of discrimination of parliamentarians impossible and ensure balance in the process of posts distribution, taking into account the recommendations of the
European Parliament’s mission:
2. Strengthen the institutional capacity of Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for human rights to monitor gender equality as it is a parliamentary mechanism and form of control.
3. Provide gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory legislation considering gender indicators especially the examination of draft laws into legal support units of Ukrainian parliament.
4. Ratify International Labour Organization conventions that provide equal conditions for work and promote women’s and men’s involvement into family responsibilities and parenting together with enhancing social protection, counteraction to various forms of discrimination and harassment in the workplace..
5. Ratify Istanbul Convention and other international documents to providing gender equality and non-discrimination.
6. Adopt amendments to the legislation on gender parity in governing bodies of state-owned enterprises and institutions.
To the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine:
1. Consider Ukraine’s joining to the Biarritz Partnership, launched by G7 leaders to strengthen their countries’ responsibility and other one’s efforts consolidation for achievement of gender equality.
2. Adopt a strategy for gender mainstreaming in education.
3. Implement National action plan on Recommendations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and develop a new national plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 “Women. Peace. Security”.
4. Integrate gender budgeting into all levels of financial system by adopting amendments to the Budget Code.
5. Integrate gender approach into reforms and sectoral strategies including Ukraine-NATO National programme.
6. Approve the state social program on preventing gender-based domestic violence for the period up to 2023.
To local self-government bodies:
1. Provide local programs development considering the principle of gender budgeting.
2. Ensure gender mainstreaming by signing the European Charter for equality of women and men in local life financing necessary measures for this purpose.
3. Implement gender approaches in urban development and infrastructure planning (gender urbanism).
To private sector:
1. Implement the principles of non-discrimination in the workplace and in employment in the policies of campaigns, institutions and enterprises; ensure equal pay for equal work and provide a family-friendly work environment.
2. Adhere to the principles of ethics and non-discrimination in public communications and advertising and implement equal rights and opportunities principles in corporate culture.
To civil society:
1. Monitor and control adherence to the principles of gender equality in public authorities and local self-government.
2. To carry out anti-discrimination examination of legislation and regulations as advisory bodies.
3. Advocate and educate at all levels and for all categories of citizens and decision-makers.