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The situation of women in Ukraine

Motion for a resolution | Doc. 12491 | 25 January 2011

Ms Viola von CRAMON-TAUBADEL, Germany, SOC ; Mr Alexandros ATHANASIADIS, Greece, SOC ; Ms Doris BARNETT, Germany, SOC ; Ms Maryvonne BLONDIN, France, SOC ; Mr Georges CHARALAMBOPOULOS, Greece, SOC ; Mr Vannino CHITI, Italy, SOC ; Ms Lise CHRISTOFFERSEN, Norway, SOC ; Mr Titus CORLĂŢEAN, Romania, SOC ; Mr Gianni FARINA, Italy, SOC ; Ms Mirjana FERIĆ-VAC, Croatia, SOC ; Mr Tadeusz IWIŃSKI, Poland, SOC ; Mr Mogens JENSEN, Denmark, SOC ; Ms Charoula KEFALIDOU, Greece, SOC ; Ms Birgen KELEŞ, Turkey, SOC ; Mr Haluk KOÇ, Turkey, SOC ; Mr Pietro MARCENARO, Italy, SOC ; Ms Liliane MAURY PASQUIER, Switzerland, SOC ; Ms Christine MUTTONEN, Austria, SOC ; Mr Adrian NĂSTASE, Romania, SOC ; Ms Ingela NYLUND WATZ, Sweden, SOC ; Ms Carina OHLSSON, Sweden, SOC ; Ms Marlene RUPPRECHT, Germany, SOC ; Mr Mihai TUDOSE, Romania, SOC ; Ms Dana VÁHALOVÁ, Czech Republic, SOC ; Mr Konstantinos VRETTOS, Greece, SOC ; Mr Klaas de VRIES, Netherlands, SOC ; Ms Nataša VUČKOVIĆ, Serbia, SOC ; Ms Gisela WURM, Austria, SOC

The situation of women and respect for gender equality in Ukraine raise a number of serious concerns.

Even though women are represented in parliament, no woman holds a government post. The government has passed discriminatory regulations with regards to what it deems to be appropriate clothing and appearance for government workers, which target especially women. Women are also hardly represented in the public sphere and in the work field. Support for various women’s projects has been stopped by the government. In addition, violence against women, including domestic violence and trafficking of human beings, especially women, are lingering concerns against which no substantive action has been taken. Action also needs to be taken with regards to the situation of female migrant workers and their families, especially after their return to Ukraine.

In view of the above, the Assembly should decide to examine more attentively the situation of women in Ukraine and make recommendations with regards to the achievement of de jure and de facto gender equality, in order to help Ukraine establish a society truly based on the principles of democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law.