Ukrainian Women’s Congress Being Held in Kyiv
The congress will focus on discussions of equal rights and opportunities for men and women
Photos from Ukrinform – UATV
The third Ukrainian Women’s Congress began in Kyiv on December 10, 2019 and will be a two day event. First Lady Olena Zelenska opened the event by mentioning Ukraine’s commitment on joining the Biarritz Partnership which seeks to tackle gender inequality.
“…I would like to draw your attention to the Biarritz Partnership which was founded by the G7 countries on August 25 this year. Today, I think that the idea of Ukraine’s accession to this wonderful initiative is quite logical. So I want to share with you the news regarding Ukraine’s further steps towards accession. First, I am initiating Ukraine’s accession to the international Biarritz Partnership. I appeal to the President and the Cabinet of Ministers,” Zelenska said at the opening ceremony, a Ukrinform correspondent reports.
She noted that the working group coordinator would soon prepare a letter addressed to the President with a request to authorize Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration Dmytro Kuleba to complete the accession process.
Kuleba was also one of the featured speakers at the event.
“The government really understands the importance of gender equality, and we are considering this issue from two perspectives. The issue of gender equality should become the norm, not a daily achievement, but the norm, an ordinary operational work of any government body. And we are working on this. Secondly, there are many studies that show that gender equality in the economy unlocks huge economic potential, with billions of dollars hidden in equal opportunities for men and women in the economic sector. We will work to open this potential and create more opportunities for women to play their role in the economy and create added value for Ukraine,” said Kuleba.
Other speakers scheduled for the event include Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov, Deputy Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Olena Kondratiuk and Head of the Supreme Court Valentyna Danishevska.