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The Fourth Ukrainian Women’s Congress has started in Kyiv

Olena Kondratyuk, the acting Head of Parliament, opened the Congress.
Олена Кондратюк

Ms Kondratyuk highlighted the challenges faced by the global community during the COVID-19 pandemic. She noted that at the local elections on October 25, 40% gender quota was achieved for the first time in Ukraine.

“According to the preliminary calculations, 36% of the elected candidates are women. In the regional councils, 28% of the elected members are women; in district councils – almost 34%. Among the elected members of leading parties 34-40% are women. For the first time, we have implemented the requirement to include at least 40% of women in the party lists. It was our first experience of conducting local elections following this quota,” the acting Head of Parliament said.

“It was a long way. We have held multiple meetings for promoting women’s rights at the Parliament and beyond it. These local elections are our joint achievement. We should be proud of it,” Ms Kondratyk added.

The fourth Ukrainian Women’s Congress will last for two days, 25 and 26 November. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event is happening online.
The speakers will discuss the gender dimension of the local elections, women’s economic empowerment, the role of women in urban planning, and gender equality in the national and global agendas.

The Members of Parliament Yevheniya Kravchuk, Kira Rudyk, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Iryna Herashchenko, the Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine Maryna Lazebna, the Vice Prime Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, former Minister of Defence Andriy Zahorodnyuk will participate in panel discussions on November 25. The Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal will deliver a keynote speech.