Creating the city of equal opportunities

Women solidarity is the thing that, according to the people’s deputy of Ukraine Alona Babak, can make Ukrainian women gather on meetings and think about changing life in our country for better.

Talking about the city of equal opportunities, Alona Babak found a jocular answer for the question why women are those who talk over the problem of creating cozy cities and spaces of equal opportunities. She mentioned: “Eve – the first woman – lived in Paradise. Memories about that perfect life and realizing the fact that current life is different from that in Eden, push us to active positive changes”.

Nataliya Tarasenko, the chairman of youth organization “The parity” from Zhytomyr, told about implementation of gender statistics, it is an effective instrument for promoting gender components in the work of local communities. «Not only gathering of data is important, but it is also necessary to interpret it and use in administrative processes», – she said.

Tamara Ohorodova, local consultant of GRB (Gender responsible budgeting) project in Zaporizhzhia region, Iryna Ivanova, the Deputy chief of financial department in Melitopol city council, and Viktoriia Vialykh, the methodist in communal institution of out-of-school education “Producing-creative center for children and youth” (Pokrovsk ULC, Dnipropetrovsk region) told participants about implementing gender monitoring and gender oriented budgeting by local authorities. Tamara Ohorodova stressed that gender responsible budgeting gives a possibility to change local budgets and local policies towards gender equality.

According to Kharkiv city council deputy, city mayor’s counselor Olga Chychyna, it is critical for people to understand what accessibility is, so everyone could become an advocate for it. She told about the ways Kharkiv city council uses gender audit and gender budgeting to increase accessibility.

The member of regional accessibility committee in Kramatorsk, the member of a “Women with disabilities North Donbass association” public organization Tetiana Bobrovska shared the experience of making Kramatorsk city accessible. City council created and started implementing barrierless environment program for disabled social groups after conducting gender audit.

Finishing the conversation, Alona Babak mentioned that we have to care about accessibility not only in cities, but also in villages, towns and country in general.

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