Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine appointed Kateryna Levchenko as the Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy. The position of the Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy was introduced on June 7, 2017. In December Kateryna Levchenko became the winner of the competitive selection.
The main tasks of the Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy encapsulate coordination of the work of ministries, other central and local executive bodies to ensure equal rights and opportunities for women and men, conducting the monitoring of the accounting by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine the principle of gender equality, assistance in developing state programs on gender equality and cooperation with international organizations and civil society.
The oversight of the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (S/RES/1325), on women, peace, and security aimed at addressing gender issues at all stages of the peace process, including peacekeeping, world-building and post-conflict reconstruction will become one of the vital tasks of the Commissioner.
The Commissioner is subordinated to the line Vice Prime Minister. Last year, the Government of Ukraine, for the first time in the history, outlined gender equality as one of its priorities, imposing responsibilities for the implementation of state policy in this sphere on the Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze. In turn, the Vice Prime Minister stressed the establishment of the said institution is of utmost importance for the purposeful implementation of numerous tasks in the field of gender equality, the implementation of existing work and the provision of a systematic approach to the process of gender equality.