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PACE called on to consider the situation of women in Ukraine


On 25 January 2011 a motion for a resolution was presented to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe expressing concern over the situation of women and respect for gender equality in Ukraine

The motion in full:

Doc. 12491

25 January 2011

Motion for a resolution

presented by Mrs Cramon-Taubadel and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it

The situation of women and respect for gender equality in Ukraine raise a number of serious concerns.

Even though women are represented in parliament, no woman holds a government post. The government has passed discriminatory regulations with regards to what it deems to be appropriate clothing and appearance for government workers, which target especially women. Women are also hardly represented in the public sphere and in the work field. Support for various women's projects has been stopped by the government. In addition, violence against women, including domestic violence and trafficking of human beings, especially women, are lingering concerns against which no substantive action has been taken. Action also needs to be taken with regards to the situation of female migrant workers and their families, especially after their return to Ukraine.

In view of the above, the Assembly should decide to examine more attentively the situation of women in Ukraine and make recommendations with regards to the achievement of de jure and de facto gender equality, in order to help Ukraine establish a society truly based on the principles of democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law.


von CRAMON-TAUBADEL Viola, Germany, SOC ATHANASIADIS Alexandros, Greece, SOC BARNETT Doris, Germany, SOC BLONDIN Maryvonne, France, SOC CHARALAMBOPOULOS Georges, Greece, SOC CHITI Vannino, Italy, SOC CHRISTOFFERSEN Lise, Norway, SOC CORLATEAN Titus, Romania, SOC FARINA Gianni, Italy, SOC FERIC-VAC Mirjana, Croatia, SOC IWINSKI Tadeusz, Poland, SOC JENSEN Mogens, Denmark, SOC KEFALIDOU Charoula, Greece, SOC KELE§ Birgen, Turkey, SOC KOQ Haluk, Turkey, SOC MARCENARO Pietro, Italy SOC MAURY PASQUIER Liliane, Switzerland, SOC MUTTONEN Christine, Austria, SOC NASTASE Adrian, Romania, SOC NYLUND WATZ Ingela, Sweden, SOC OHLSSON Carina, Sweden, SOC RUPPRECHT Marlene, Germany, SOC TUDOSE Mihai, Romania, SOC VAHALOVA Dana, Czech Republic, SOC VRETTOS Konstantinos, Greece, SOC de VRIES Klaas, Netherlands, SOC VUCKOVIC Natasa, Serbia, SOC WURM Gisela, Austria, SOC

EPP/CD: Group of the European People's Party SOC: Socialist Group

ALDE: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe EDG: European Democratic Group UEL: Group of the Unified European Left NR: not registered in a group

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