G. Tuka: A Country that Wants to be Perceived as a Democracy Establishes Gender Policy
Deputy Minister George Tuka participated in the regional workshop on discussion of Government's priorities and implementation of the policy of equal rights and opportunities for women and men at the regional and local levels, chaired by the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze on October 11 in Ternopil.
In his speech, George Tuka referred to problematic gender issues in Ukrainian society. In particular, he drew attention to the fact that today in Ukraine there is still a list of several hundred occupations prohibited for women, and women's salaries are on average 30% less than men's salaries.
"Achievement of gender equality in society as an indispensable condition for its stable development is impossible without consistent actions of the higher legislative body and executive authorities in relation to the formation of gender culture of relations in the managerial area, changes in gender consciousness of officials, consideration of gender approaches in all strategic directions of the activity of state institutions and civil society"- said George Tuka.
Deputy Minister noted that an effective tool for the implementation of the state gender policy should be the consistency of actions of state institutions and civil society capable of maintaining a gender-sensitive system of public administration in a state of effective functioning.
"Every country, aimed at asserting itself as democratic, social and constitutional, establishes gender policy for equal rights and opportunities. This process is difficult, even painful, but it moves to the formation of what can be defined as state gender policy", - stressed Deputy Minister George Tuka.
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze spoke about the implementation of the state policy in the field of gender equality by various ministries and departments, noting that more and more government institutions are joining this work:
"Over time, the ministries increasingly understand the importance of implementing the principles of gender equality policy and even begin to compete among themselves in its implementation. This is a very good trend. "
Also, Vice Prime Minister noted that there are currently foreign donors who are ready to support and assist in the implementation of projects and financing reforms, especially in the regions. She thanked the UN Women, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Embassies of Canada and Sweden in Ukraine for their assistance.
The event was held as a number of regional meetings-seminars with the participation of representatives of specialized ministries, central executive authorities, local self-government bodies, public and international humanitarian organizations.