Gender issues remain among the top priorities of the Ukrainian Government's reform program. This was stated by Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze during a meeting with the Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, the OSCE Special Representative of the Chairperson-in-Office on Gender, Melanne Verveer in Davos (Swiss Confederation).
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze invited the Georgetown Institute to join an important project of gender education aimed at developing methodologies for teaching and training teachers through the organization of appropriate training.
The Vice Prime Minister informed about the work done to ensure the policy of equality between men and women in Ukraine, in particular the repeal of a ban on the use of feminine labor in many professions (including military), the fight against gender-based violence (including sexual violence connected with Russian aggression in the East of Ukraine), as well as work on ensuring a more balanced representation of men and women in power.
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze stressed that for the first time in the history of independent Ukraine gender issues were prioritized in the Government Priority Action Plan for 2018. All scheduled tasks for last year have been completed. In the daily work of ministries, gender issues are interwoven into their thematic profiling. This trend has been continued in the Government Priority Action Plan for 2019. The Plan also provides for the development of new legislation, planning and budgeting, taking into account the policy of ensuring equality between men and women. However, the Vice Prime Minister noted, gender-based manipulation remains part of the hybrid war, so there is now a demand for a new study of hybrid gender threats.
Melanne Verveer considers it extremely important that Ukraine continues to exert significant efforts to ensure gender equality, despite numerous problems and security challenges that have to be overcome simultaneously with the country's transformations.