On 22 May, 2018, the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023 was presented in Kyiv to the Ukrainian authorities, decision-makers, representatives of civil society and international community.
The event was organized in close cooperation with the Office of the Ukrainian Vice-Prime-Minister Ms. Ivanna Klympush Tsintsadze and the Ukrainian Government Commissioner for Gender Policy Ms. Kateryna Levchenko. In her opening remarks, Ms. Klympush-Tsintsadze reaffirmed the commitment of the Government of Ukraine to gender equality saying that the current Ukrainian Government is the first one which has gender equality as a priority in its programme. She also confirmed Ukraine’s commitment to the implementation of the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy in Ukraine. In her words, the work of the Government is already contributing to the objectives of the Strategy, particularly, in the field of women’s political participation and preventing and combatting domestic violence.
In his intervention, the Council of Europe Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Ukraine Mr. Regis Brillat underlined the importance of fulfilling women’s rights and responsibilities of the state in this regard.
The Head of the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine Mr. Marten Ehnberg stated that the Strategy is the key document for enhancing gender equality in all work of the Council of Europe. The implementation of the Strategy will be done along and within the framework of the Action Plan for Ukraine for 2018-2021. Particularly, priority with regard to gender equality will be given in such areas as combatting and prevention of violence against women and domestic violence, improving women’s access to justice, balanced participation of men and women in political and public decision-making processes, gender equality and media.
The Strategy was presented in more details by the gender adviser of the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine Ms. Katja Tiilikainen and the Government Commissioner for Gender Policy Ms. Kateryna Levchenko. (presentation in Ukrainian).
The Strategy aims at achieving the effective realization of gender equality in all Council of Europe Member States, as well as at empowering women and men through the support of implementation of existing Council of Europe standards and instruments in the field of gender equality. It builds on legal and policy acquis of the Council of Europe as well as on the achievements of the previous Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017. The current Strategy has six objectives:
1. Prevent and combatting gender stereotypes and sexism
2. Prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence
3. Ensure the equal access of women to justice
4. Achieve balanced participation of women and men in political and public decision-making
5. Protect the rights of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women and girls
6. Achieve gender mainstreaming in all policies and measures
The governments of Member States drive the implementation of the Strategy at national and local levels, in close co-operation with gender equality institutions and civil society. The Council of Europe from its part will seek to, for example, promote the implementation of the relevant CoE instruments and recommendations, identify and disseminate good practices, support data collection and research in order to achieve the above-mentioned objectives.
An annual report by the Council of Europe will be prepared to assess the progress on the implementation and there will be also a final review of the implementation.
The Government Commissioner for Gender Policy explained how the Government of Ukraine will implement the Strategy, for example, through working with media, improving data collection, providing trainings, through making policy analysis and conducting gender expertise. She also underlined the linkages between the recently adopted State Social Programme for Equal Opportunities for Women and Men and the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy.
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The presentation was organized with the support of the Council of Europe project “Supporting the transparency, inclusiveness and integrity of electoral practice in Ukraine” and the Project “Freedom of Media in Ukraine”, implemented within European Union and Council of Europe Joint Programme Partnership for Good Governance.