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Indifference to the Violation of Women’s Rights in Ukraine as a Social Problem

Subject: Women Feminism
Description: CIUS lecture audio.

Co-organized by CIUS and the Ukrainian Professional and Business Club of Edmonton, the forty-seventh Shevchenko lecture at the University of Alberta was given by Kateryna Levchenko, who spoke on “Indifference to the Violation of Women’s Rights in Ukraine as a Social Problem” (21 March 2013). Dr. Levchenko is widely recognized as a strong advocate of women’s rights in Ukraine and is also known internationally for her work on the crime of trafficking in human beings, especially women and children.

Dr. Levchenko emphasized that an important aspect of modernization is the guarantee of effective civil, political, and economic rights for women. According to analysts at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Ukraine currently ranks sixty-third among seventy-five countries in the so-called global gender gap. Women’s rights in Ukraine are violated in a variety of ways. Salaries for men doing work of the same value as women remain 25 per cent higher. In the political sphere, women’s representation in the higher tiers of power remains low. Domestic violence in Ukraine continues to grow at an alarming rate.

Dr. Levchenko concluded with the substantial gains that have been made in Ukraine over the last few years with regard to women’s rights. These include the formation of an Expert Council, of which Dr. Levchenko is a member. Established in 2009, it considers appeals regarding discrimination and prepares recommendations for the Ministry of Social Policy to counteract detected violations. La Strada-Ukraine has initiated the documentation of gender discrimination in educational, cultural, and media spheres and partnered with NGOs and specialists in the Ministry of Social Policy to monitor special agencies and institutions that assist victims of family violence. The process of women’s emancipation has also inspired well-known Ukrainian celebrities, from sports figures to movie stars, Kateryna Levchenko to participate in campaigns against domestic violence and sexual exploitation.

Found in CIUS Newsletter 2013
Author: CIUS
Publisher: CIUS
Date: March 21, 2013
Contributor: Kateryna Levchenko
Language: English, Ukrainian
Original Format: Digital audio recording

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CIUS, “Indifference to the Violation of Women’s Rights in Ukraine as a Social Problem,” CIUS-Archives, accessed July 15, 2018, http://cius-archives.ca/items/show/2132.
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