Despite the fact that 61 percent of Ukrainians believe men and women should be equally involved in political life, women continue to be significantly underrepresented in Ukrainian
On September 15 and 16, NDI and implementing partner the Ukrainian Women’s Congress NGO assembled, virtually and in-person, 175 participants and more than 11,000 online viewers for the 5th Ukrainian Women’s Congress (UWC). The UWC is an annual event that brings together participants and speakers from across Ukraine to further the development of a comprehensive, cross-sectoral, and diverse gender equality movement. Leaders from the private, public, and civil society sectors delivered panels on topics including women’s leadership, making communities free from gender discrimination, and the role of local government in foreign policy. The event featured breakout sessions on sector-specific topics, including panels for civil society representatives, political parties, and local governments.
In addition to the panels, former U.S. Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and current Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles Nina Hachigian delivered a video address to the Congress. Speaking on
From discussions and recommendations from participants throughout the weekend, UWC developed a resolution to improve gender equality in Ukraine. These recommendations will be delivered to the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament), local authorities, organizations in the private sector, and civil society organizations.
NDI and its partner the Ukrainian Women’s Congress NGO thank USAID; Global Affairs Canada (GAC); the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO); and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for their ongoing support of Ukrainian Women’s Congresses.
NDI is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization that works in partnership around the world to strengthen and safeguard democratic institutions, processes, norms and values to secure a better quality of life for all. NDI envisions a world where democracy and freedom prevail, with dignity for all.