Within the frameworks of Ukraine's presidency in the Council of Europe Kyiv is holding the two-day international conference on gender equality in European countries.

Co-organizers of the conference are the UN development program and EU representative office in Ukraine, ForUm correspondent reports.

During the opening speeches the rapporteurs on the issue insisted on urgent implementation of national instruments for providing equality between men and women for democracy development. The rapporteurs also noted that the European experience proves that despite the corresponding legislation, the real gender quality can be achieved by state control only.

In particular, vice PM Serhiy Tigipko underlined that in connection with Ukraine's declared course to European integration the gender gap issue becomes one of the priority.

In her turn, UN representative in Ukraine Olena Panova noted Ukraine expects the EU countries, having experience in defending gender equality idea, to motivate and involve Ukraine into the process of overcoming the gender gap.

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