The initiative on introduction of the Father's Day in Ukraine is encapsulated in the Presidential decree prepared by the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine. However, it's worth reviewing the date of the celebration proposed by the Ministry (Third Sunday of September), as most countries of the world celebrate this holiday in June, namely, the Third Sunday of June. This was stated by Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze at the fifth regional meeting on gender policy priorities.
"It is my deep conviction that it is more pertinent to celebrate Father's Day on the Third Sunday of June, as it is celebrated in more than 80 countries of the world. I hope that in the near future we will weigh up all the pros and cons during elaborating of the decision and we will come to a consensus", the Vice Prime Minister stressed.
According to her, celebration of the Father's Day will be a good reason not only to thank father’s for their care, but also to remind some of them of the obligations of fatherhood. At the same time, it will enable the society to understand and to appreciate the decision of those men who, for example, use the opportunity to take child care leave, therefore sharing this responsibility with women.
"Why do we need such a holiday? The issue at stake is about equality, involvement and a strong family, where both parents take are engaged in the upbringing of the children. I do not know any country where such a number of sincere and grateful songs about the mother exists, where the image of the mother would be so deeply understood in classical literature and folklore as in Ukraine. This is definitely good. But on this background, the father remains undeservingly underestimated. It is wrong. It is wrong not only for reasons of morality and elementary gratitude, but also because in the public consciousness the responsibility for the upbringing of children lies solely with women, therefore fixing the false stereotypes", Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze underscored.
It should be noted that the fifth regional meeting on gender policy priorities chaired by Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze was held yesterday in Kyiv. More than 100 expertsfrom Kyiv, Chernihiv, Poltava, Sumy and Cherkasy regions participated in it, as well as deputies of profile ministries and representatives of local authorities.
The decree of the President of Ukraine on the celebration of the Father's Day in Ukraine, was shaped by the Ministry of Social Policy on instructions from the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.