: Removing barriers to women in the Ukrainian armed forces

10:33 May. 28, 2016

Removing barriers to women in the Ukrainian armed forces

Ukrainian military has more than 8% women in their ranks (UNIAN photo)

Ukrainian military has more than 8% women in their ranks

The NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, Marriëtt Schuurman recently met the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lt Gen Viktor Muzhenko to discuss Ukraine's recently adopted National Action Plan on implementing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, and how NATO could support this.

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Ambassador Schuurman welcomed the recent nomination of Capt Daria Malakhova as a Gender Advisor to the Minister of Defence to oversee the implementation of the National Action Plan.  She will receive special training for gender advisors at the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations in Sweden, as part of the Professional Training Package to Ukraine.

NATO and the Ministry of Defence will co-host an event in Kyiv on 23 June to mark the adoption of the Action Plan and to discuss various roles of government and oversight, involving both parliament and civil society, in its implementation.

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Ukrainian military already has 8.2 % women in their ranks, not far from the NATO average of 10.3%. Lt Gen Muzhenko emphasised the government's commitment to removing barriers to women in the armed forces, including combat positions, and recounted a recent meeting with women parliamentarians and women in the armed forces to discuss progress.

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response in post-conflict reconstruction, and stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.

Reporting by NATO press service



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