The Government of Ukraine and UN Women, the United Nations’ Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, signed an Agreement on July 6, which stipulates for upgrading the status of the UN Women office in Ukraine to the National Bureau (Country Office). This will allow to step up cooperation in the field of gender equality and strengthen the implementation of programs aimed at protecting the interests of Ukrainian women.
Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze and Head of UN Women Ukraine Anastasia Divinskaya inked the abovesaid Agreement.
"By signing this agreement, we count on more fruitful and enhanced support and partnership of the UN Women in the struggle for social justice and improvement of the lives of every woman and girl in our country," the Vice Prime Minister stressed. She placed en emphasis on the fact that talks with the Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on upgrading the status of the UN Women Office in Ukraine were held during their last meeting in the course of the 62 session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze that Ukraine always receives support from the UN Women's Organization at the headquarters level.
According to the Vice Prime Minister, over the past year and a half,the issues related to the gender equality are at the bedrock of the Government's policy, because gender equality is a very specific factor of economic and social development and an indicator of a country’s maturity. For the first time in Ukraine, the Government Action Plan focuses on gender priorities. The UN Women Ukraine is one of the main professional assistants and reliable partners of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on this path.
The Vice Prime Minister stressed the support of the UN Women is of paramount importance for the Government in developing and implementing policies, reforms and legislative work aimed to overcome the multiple discrimination faced by Ukrainian women and girls from vulnerable groups every day.
"UN Women Ukraine is privileged to be a partner of the Government of Ukraine in its efforts to pursue empowerment of women and girls in all walks of life. During the past four years, women and girls in Ukraine have been facing enormous challenges in the history of independence. The country has also undergone striking changes in its political, social and economic sectors. Nevertheless, the Government of Ukraine has never used this as an excuse to ignore women's rights and empowerment. Instead, Ukraine has consistently taken measures to fulfill its obligations to respect human rights and gender equality. In this difficult time the Government of Ukraine stepped up its work on the implementation of the commitments on the rights of women and implemented a series of measures seek to overcome inequality and multiple discrimination through its reforms and efforts to restore and build peace", the Head of UN Women Ukraine claimed.
Anastasia Divinskaya confirmed the readiness of the UN Women entity to support the Government of Ukraine in strengthening the national mechanism designed to ensure equal rights and opportunities for women and men and its role in the implementation of gender equality and the observance of the rights of women and girls and added that the UN Women Ukraine office is seriously committed and stands ready for further intensive work.
The attendees of the signing ceremony were Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Sergiy Kyslytsya, Deputy Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine on European integration Oleksandra Churkina and Mariia Ionova, MP and a member of inter-faction deputy union “Equal Possibilities”.
The UN Women Ukraine commenced its work in October 2015. Its activities are carried out within the UN-Women’s Strategic Plan which is approved by the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and is aimed at supporting and assisting the Government of Ukraine in its efforts to implement projects on gender equality.