The Ukrainian legislation covers indirect gender discrimination, the member of the Front Zmin party Lilia Hrynevych told the “Women in Parliamentary elections 2012” roundtable, as ForUm reports.

In her opinion, the legislation should provide incentives to enable more women to occupy high public offices and to be elected. "It may be financial incentives. For example, the amount of the enrolment fee for female candidates may be reduced,” suggested she.

"According to the Global gender equality ranking 2011, Ukraine ranks 105th out of 134 in terms of political empowerment of women. However, the same ranking rated Ukraine as 23d by the level of education of women," Hrynevych said.

Meanwhile, MP from the Party of Regions faction Leonid Kozhara noted that the situation with gender equality in Ukrainian society is quite positive. "Today Ukraine does not fall behind Europe and the whole world in labor and socio-economic sector. For example, the women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio is 79%. To compare, the same ratio in the U.S. and Germany is 77%," he stressed.

However Kozhara acknowledged that Ukrainian women are unequal to men in the political sphere.


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