March 10, Kyiv – The Office of the Vice-Prime Minister of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine in partnership with the United Nations in Ukraine together with high-level policy and decision-makers launched the Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

The round table The Partnership for implementation of the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in Ukraine (CEDAW), which has been organized on the occasion brought together about 100 participants from the government, parliament, judiciary, civil society, media and the development partners.

“It is crucial to join the efforts of government, parliament, international organizations and civil society for conveying our message to all the citizens so that every citizen, he and she, understands why gender issues matter” – said Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Vice Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine.

The Concluding Observations by the Committee, highlight existing gaps and identify the actions required to address issues related to women’s human rights in Ukraine and represent the road map for the implementation during the coming four years before the next state report on the implementation of the CEDAW.

“Each governmental institution in Ukraine has to find its role in the implementing the Committee’s recommendations. The key challenge is how to strategically build the partnership so that the recommendations are implemented. We have to go down to the local governments and help them understand Ukraine’s gender equality and women’s human rights commitments” – said Ella Lamakh, Head of “Center for Democracy Development” NGO.

Natalya Fedorovich, Deputy Minister of Social Policy, also highlighted the role of local governments that have to take more responsibility in delivery of social services for women.

The round table brought together Government of Ukraine, judiciary, civil society organizations, Ombudsperson’s institution, international development partners and the UN country team to discuss the actions required for a consolidation of the efforts towards the implementation of CEDAW Concluding Observations.

“The United Nations Country Team stands strongly for gender equality. We work through partnerships, with civil society, with government, the Verhovna Rada and the Ombudsperson, always focused on achievement of concrete results towards gender equality, human rights, comprehensive and lasting peace in Ukraine” – said Neal Walker, Humanitarian Coordinator, UN Resident Coordinator. 

During the facilitated dialogue the participants reflected on the process of CEDAW implementation, reviewed and discussed the way forward and outlined the steps needed to effectively implement CEDAW Concluding Observations.

“We have done a lot on our own and now we are most open to collaboration” – added Zola Kondur, Vice-President of Roma Women Fund “Chirikli”.

The round table participants also discussed how all the relevant actors can jointly work under the leadership of the Vice Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, who by a recent Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers assumed the new functions on gender equality, to implement Ukraine’s gender equality and women’s human rights commitments.

The full text of the Concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women as of 3 March 2017 on the eighth periodic report of Ukraine can be downloaded following this link: http://un.org.ua/images/CEDAW_C_UKR_CO_8_26058_ENG.doc