Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Lytvyn urges to increase women's representation in the government. He said this in the interview to Rada television channel on Friday, ForUm learned from the parliamentary press office.  

He quoted an influential ancient Greek philosopher Plato who said that "all men are by nature equal" and meant the equality of men and women. The head of the parliament thinks that a dominating distorted attitude to gender, "the principle followed by Aristotle, whereby "it is naturally with the male and the female; the one is superior, the other inferior"," shall change. "Natural justice should be restored in Ukraine, as gender determines the person's social role," he claimed.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine focused on the data concerning representation or women and men in the government. Thus, in the 1960s-70s, there were 40% of women in the government, while nowadays this rate has fallen to 8%. According to V. Lytvyn, there are 37% of women in the regional and local councils, 40% - in the township councils, and 53% - in the village councils, with the women comprising 53% of the population.

Asked about the defects of the legislative acts in terms of gender issues, the head of the parliament responded that "this problem cannot be settled by amending the laws." "Nearly thirty bills on women's representation in the government have been registered," he said. "However, if the public is not ready to accept that men and women are equal, the laws are helpless." "There should be a natural agreement, not a constraint of a respective law," the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine said.

He called for changing this situation in light of the signed international agreements. "We undertook the respective commitments, having signed the documents, whereby women's representations in the executive bodies shall reach 30% by 2015," he stressed.

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