Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal: “The ensuring of equal opportunities for women and men in Ukraine still requires further work”

At the opening of the Fourth Ukrainian Women’s Congress, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal highlighted the achievements of Ukraine on the way to gender equality.
Денис Шмигаль

“Last year, Ukraine improved its position in the Global Gender Gap Report by 6 positions and is now ranked 59th. The experts analyzed 153 states, taking into account national statistics, the achievements concerning economic participation of men and women, career opportunities, political rights, health, life expectancy and education. It is a good pace for Ukraine and we will keep achieving further goals,” the Prime Minister said.

Mr Shmyhal noted that dozens of women in Ukraine have decided to participate in politics this year: “They fought the stereotypes and went forward. According to preliminary data, the biggest share of elected women is in smaller communities with up to ten thousand voters. 42% of women were elected in such communities. In district councils, 33,7% of the elected members are women, in the communities with more than ten thousand voters – almost 33% and in regional councils – 25%. I am happy that this process has started in local communities. This is the civil transformation”.

Denys Shmyhal reminded that President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree aimed at preventing and counteracting domestic and gender-based violence. “This is an essential part of the state policy. The joint work of the state and civil society organizations, many of which participate in today’s Congress, is a cornerstone for the success of eliminating injustice and overcoming the pressing issues in our country,” the Prime Minister said.

The Global Gender Gap Report was first published in 2006. It is published annually at the end of December. The Global Gender Gap Index is an index designed to measure gender (in)equality by the World Economic Forum. The index is designed to “measure gender-based gaps in access to resources and opportunities in countries rather than the actual levels of the available resources and opportunities in those countries”.