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  • First meeting of the Platform for Gender Mainstreaming and Inclusion in Recovery chaired by Olha Stefanishyna takes place
    Service of the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, posted 12 February 2024 21:05

    On 12 February, a constituent meeting of the working group “Platform for Gender Mainstreaming and Inclusion in Recovery” was held, chaired by Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.

    During the meeting, representatives of ministries, the Parliament and other government agencies, international and civil society organisations discussed goals and objectives on the path to gender-responsible and inclusive recovery of Ukraine, as well as outlined challenges and next steps.

    Olha Stefanishyna noted the high level of political readiness of all government agencies, international partners and civil society representatives to work together in this area.

    “We have already done a lot of work in the area of gender equality. However, in times of daily struggle against the enemy, as well as post-war recovery and in the context of Ukraine’s accession to the EU, we have many new tasks and priorities,” said Olha Stefanishyna. “Today it is important to coordinate and identify the main directions of our further joint work.”

    She emphasised that for comprehensive recovery, fundamental work must be done to incorporate an inclusive gender-oriented approach into all processes in the country.

    The key priorities include:

    • Strengthening the effectiveness of coordination between government agencies, international organisations, funds and structures to ensure gender mainstreaming and inclusion in recovery;
    • Preparing legislative proposals to ensure gender equality and inclusion in the implementation of the recovery plan for Ukraine;
    • Ensuring gender equality and inclusion in the recovery, etc., in particular through the collection of statistical information.

    “It is important for us to ensure the dynamic work of the Platform, which will allow us to find and eliminate gaps and barriers so that everyone feels safe, has every opportunity to develop and participate in political and public life,” the Deputy Prime Minister stressed.

    The Deputy Prime Minister also underlined the importance of developing a comprehensive vision for creating opportunities for Ukrainian citizens to return from abroad.

    For her part, Deputy Minister of Economy Tetiana Berezhna noted that human capital development was one of the Government’s important priorities under the Ukraine Facility programme. In particular, it is about building a safe and inclusive educational environment for access to quality education, developing vocational education, overcoming gender imbalances in the labour market, transformation, etc. The importance of implementing the Strategy for Closing the Gender Pay Gap by 2030 was also discussed.

    Kateryna Levchenko, Government Commissioner for Gender Policy, stressed the importance of prioritising the issue of gender-oriented recovery of Ukraine at international platforms, in particular on the sidelines of the upcoming 68th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

    In her turn, Tetiana Lomakina, Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for Barrier-Free Environment, informed the participants about the implementation of the National Strategy for Barrier-Free Environment in Ukraine and stressed the importance of synchronising joint efforts in the context of inclusive development at the community level.

    The meeting also agreed on the regulations of the Platform and the procedure for joining it.

    The Ukrainian Women’s Fund expressed its readiness to be an executive partner of the Platform and to ensure the work of its Secretariat.


    On 18 September, the Platform for Gender Mainstreaming and Inclusion in Recovery was launched and presented. The Platform will act as an advisory body to the Commission for Coordination of Interaction of Executive Authorities on Ensuring Equal Rights and Opportunities for Women and Men. The goal is to ensure coordinated cooperation between ministries, other central executive agencies, civil society, business representatives and international organisations and to incorporate the principle of gender equality and inclusion into the process of Ukraine’s recovery. The Coordinator of the Platform is Olha Stefanishyna, Chair of the Commission, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine. The Deputy Coordinator of the Platform is Kateryna Levchenko, Government Commissioner for Gender Policy.