A Gender Competence Center will be set up in the security and defense sector to ensure systematic implementation of gender equality standards.
Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba announced at a forum on gender equality issues, organized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine with the support of the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine and the UN Women Ukraine.
“We have included in the Government's Action Program that gender equality will be among our priorities in work. In particular, we have planned to establish a Gender Competence Center in the security and defense sector. I assure you that we will create such a center,” he said.
The Deputy Prime Minister explained that the concept of such a Center had already been developed earlier, and now the time has come to create it. According to him, the new Center will consistently and comprehensively implement standards on gender equality in uniform.
“At present, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are almost on par with NATO troops in terms of quantity of women. We have about 10.6%, in the Alliance, there are 10.9%. So, in this aspect, we have already joined NATO. We will work to ensure that our gender equality policy meets the best standards of the North Atlantic Alliance,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.
Dmytro Kuleba stressed that he is extremely grateful to all those who care about gender equality - both in the Government, in the Parliament, as well as to Ukraine's international partners.
“This path is very difficult to pave independently. I am very grateful to you on behalf of the Government for we have developed synergy in work on this path,” he addressed diplomats, the UN representatives.