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In the words of Oksana Potapova: “We need radical transformation”

Monday, June 3, 2019

Oksana Potapova, 35, is a Ukrainian peace activist, community theatre practitioner and a feminist. She is the co-founder of ‘Theatre for Dialogue’, an organization that uses community-based theatre to work with conflict-affected communities. UN Women Ukraine works in partnership with Theatre for Dialogue to raise women’s awareness of their rights. Ms. Potapova spoke to UN Women about her work and her reflections on the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

The largest network of lesbian activists in the region call for greater equality and inclusion

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The European and Central Asian Lesbian Conference (EL*C) in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, called for more inclusive societies across the region and the protection of their human rights.

UN Women spotlights the contribution of women artists to the culture of Ukraine

Friday, March 15, 2019

To commemorate the first anniversary of the HeForShe movement in Ukraine and to recognise Ukrainian female artists of the past and present, UN Women, in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute, a state institution that represents Ukrainian culture internationally, has established the Women in Arts Award.

Across eastern Europe, rethinking urban planning, infrastructure and safety bring changes in women’s lives

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Across eastern Europe social support services have not been very inclusive, whether it be because of armed conflict, local decision-making or simply dangerous, unsafe neighborhoods. Now, people are calling for better infrastructure, safer cities and urban planning.

International Women's Day around Europe and Central Asia

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

On and around International Women’s Day, 8 March, a rich diversity of initiatives celebrate women and girls, their limitless imagination, their joyous dreams and their boundless strength across Europe and Central Asia. UN Women, along with partners, organized events across the region, under the theme of “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, putting innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality.

Ukraine discusses specific measures to end discrimination against Roma women

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Experts discuss issues raised during UN Women’s landmark 2018 conference on Roma women’s rights and look at how to end the discrimination, social marginalisation and poverty Roma women face.

Male opinion leaders of Ukraine openly discuss gender stereotypes at the first Barbershop event in the region

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Three male opinion leaders from the government, business and arts sectors joined the HeForShe Barbershop Talks in Kyiv, Ukraine on 22 November where they chopped stereotypes, shaved off sexism and promoted tolerance in a sincere and fun public debate.

UN Women calls for the realization of the human rights of Roma women in Ukraine

Thursday, October 18, 2018

On 17-18 October, UN Women organized the international conference “Realizing the rights of Roma women in Ukraine,” in close partnership with the Parliament, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Roma Women Fund Chiricli, in Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine joins the HeForShe global movement

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

On 12 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, made a public HeForShe commitment on behalf of the Ministry in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has become the first state institution to join the HeForShe solidarity movement in Ukraine.

Gender Equality in the spotlight at Ukraine Fashion Week

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ukraine’s top fashion designers team up with HeForShe and draw attention to human rights, gender equality and freedom to choose.

The Government of Ukraine and UN Women stepping up partnership for advancement of gender equality in Ukraine

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Government of Ukraine and UN Women signed the Host Country Agreement, which elevates the status of UN Women to a Country Office in Ukraine. This will also allow to broaden and deepen the partnership on gender equality and women’s empowerment in Ukraine.

Committing to becoming agents of change at HeForShe Congress in Ukraine

Friday, July 6, 2018

At a UN Women organised event, men and women talked about what it meant to be a man and how to change attitudes to promote gender equality in the Ukraine.

From where I stand: “Kids should see their father is not afraid to be weak sometimes, and their mother isn't afraid to be strong”

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Dmytro Shurov, Ukranian singer and opinion leader, is the first HeForShe advocate in Ukraine. Often appearing at major events with his 14-year-old son Lev Shurov, he speaks about fatherhood, sharing domestic work and child care responsibilities at home.

Government and civil society representatives from Moldova and Ukraine visit Georgia to discuss women, peace and security agenda

Friday, May 25, 2018

Government and civil society partners in Georgia hosted their counterparts from Moldova and Ukraine to exchange good practices and lessons learned from the implementation of National Action Plans on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (NAP 1325) and its subsequent resolutions on Women, Peace and Security. UN Women in Georgia facilitated the study tour.

Press Release: One of the largest sports events of Ukraine xelebrates the HeForShe Movement

Sunday, April 22, 2018

On April,22 2018 one of the largest and most anticipated sports events of Ukraine, the 8th Kyiv Half Marathon, engaged 11,000 participants from 52 countries, and more than 27,000 spectators who watched this extraordinary event in the Downtown Kyiv.

Press Release: Ukraine joins the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ahead of the International Women’s Day, UN Women launched the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality in Ukraine and joined the global HeForShe Arts Week, which takes place from 8 to 15 March in different cities around the world. The HeForShe campaign kicked off a call for supporters of gender equality and women’s rights among men and boys in Ukraine.

From where I stand: “We helped our community feel alive”

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Aliona Vdovenko is acting head of the village and leader of a women’s community self-help group “Fiesta” in Novomykolaivka, in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. Only 450 people reside in Novomykolayivka village and regional level budget-planning often doesn’t take into account the needs of those who live in small villages. Vdovenko advocates for the allocation of necessary resources for small villages, including hers, especially in line with the decentralization reform – one of the key reforms in Ukraine which aims to transfer power, resources, and responsibility from the executive branch to the local self-government.

In the words of Oksana Kononets: “Disability helped me to realize my inner strength”

Monday, March 19, 2018

25-year-old Oksana Kononets had an accident three years ago which resulted in a spinal injury and a disability for life. Last year, she was chosen Miss World Ukraine in a wheelchair. She combines her roles as a model and a social worker through her charity “Unbroken” that helps women with disabilities break stereotypes in modeling and promotes equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. Kononets collaborates with UN Women to raise awareness about the discrimination that women with disabilities face in Ukraine.

From Where I Stand: “I am determined to help my children take full advantage of their rights as citizens”

Monday, March 19, 2018

Anastasia Muntyan, 28, is a Roma woman who lives in a village near Kyiv, capital of Ukraine. She is renting a small house with her husband and two children, but lives in near poverty and faces many obstacles as a representative of an ethnic minority. She recently participated in a UN Women training on the human rights of Roma Women, which helped her understand her rights as a citizen and act upon them.

From Where I Stand: “It is our responsibility as a community to consider the needs of everyone”

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Lilia Kulish is a school principal and a deputy at the local council in Mykolayivka, a small town of about 14,900 people (60% women) in conflict-affected Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine. The school became a shelter for people trying to escape the conflict in the summer of 2014 when anti-government armed groups seized some parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine, prompting the Government to launch an anti-terrorist operation. As a deputy in the council, Kulish advocates for the inclusion of women in decision-making.

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