Kyiv hosted the fifth regional meeting on gender policy priorities chaired by Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. More than 100 specialists from Kyiv, Chernihiv, Poltava, Sumy and Cherkasy regions participated in it, as well as deputies of profile ministries and representatives of local authorities.
The Vice Prime Minister stressed that all planned tasks in 2018 had been completed. In April, the Government adopted a new State Program of Equal Rights and Opportunities for Women and Men by 2021, and in September, two systemic National Plans - Women, Peace, Security, and the Plan on the Implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Despite significant advances in the implementation of equal opportunities policies, some regions still remain gender-blind, stressed Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze. "It's disappointing that concepts of gender equality are often mythologized and subject to distortion. Anti-gender appeals of some deputies of regional and city councils are patterned, detached from reality. We see that often deputies do not understand the essence of the issue, and hence demonize what is not clear", said the Vice Prime Minister.
According to her, apart from individual ignorance, there also exists a conscious opposition by political opponents who will be particularly active in the election year.
Speaking about the specifics of the regions, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze noted that in Chernihiv region the life expectancy of men is 11 years lower than that of women, which is the worst indicator as compared to the average in Ukraine. Regarding Poltava region: the gender pay gap is higher than the average in Ukraine - 26.4% in 2018. In Cherkasy region, the fertility rate for women of the age group under 19 is alarmingly high in rural areas - 33.4%. It's a pity that the region does not have Equal Rights and Opportunities Program, as well as a gender adviser, urged the Vice Prime Minister. The level of registered unemployed men in Kyiv is alarming - being currently 63%.
The meeting was also attended by Head of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service Konstiantyn Vashchenko, Deputy Head of the Kyiv City State Administration Maryna Honda, the UN Women in Ukraine Representative Anastasia Divinska, Deputy Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine Oleksandra Churkina and others.