Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze took part in a round table "Partnership for implementation of the UN Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women in Ukraine." The event, hosted by the office of the United Nations in Ukraine, gathered about 100 members of Government, Parliament, civil society and the media.
As for today, the issue of equality and women's rights is of paramount importance for the United Nations. It is a component of the work of all 18 agencies, programmes and funds working in Ukraine. At the governmental level, a coordination of gender policy tasks lays within the responsibility of Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze who opened the round table. She stressed the importance of gender equality for the modern Ukraine and outlined the nearest plans in this area. “One of the top priority objectives I set in front of myself is to establish an office of the Government Commissioner for gender equality policy and to appoint the Commissioner”, underscored the Vice Prime Minister.
According to her, it is crucial to ensure the public awareness in the issue, as gender equality problem is being downplayed. It is of utmost importance to enhance cooperation and coordination between all state institutions, civil society and international organizations. Another significant objective is the ratification by the Council of Europe of the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention). "The failure to ratify the Istanbul Convention places us on a par with the Russian Federation", emphasized Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Serhii Kyslytsia.
In the roundtable, namely, were participating, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine Neal Walker, Deputy Social Policy Minister of Ukraine Natalia Fedorovych, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine for European integration Anastasia Deyeva, Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on European integration, co-chair of the inter-faction Union "Equal Opportunities" Maria Ionova, Director of Canadian Development Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada Karim Morcos, Head of NGO "Democracy Development Center" Ella Lamakh and Vice-President of Chiricli, the Roma Women's Fund Zola Kondur.