May 19, 2017; Chernihiv, Ukraine

Expert panel discussion “Equal Opportunity Policy” on the frames of All-Ukrainian Business Fest “League of Women’s Success”, organized by NGO "League of Business and Professional Women of Ukraine" in partnership with United Nations Development Program in Ukraine, Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, International Finance Corporation and Chernihiv City Council. Main message of event: Positive impact through leadership and action.

One of the main vectors of Institute of Partnership and Sustainable Development activities are promoting gender equality, women’s empowerment and increasing women’s participation at the socio-economic and political life of the country, development of women's entrepreneurship and leadership.

During the panel discussion, Daria Mustafina, IPSD expert, quantified the magnitude of gender disparities in Ukraine and tracked their progress over last decade, with a particular focus on the relative gap between women and men across four key areas: health, education, economics and politics. In accordance with the topic of the event IPSD expert highlighted the topic of women's economic participation; talked about the gender gap in wages and working conditions, in distribution of leadership positions; stressed the legal restrictions on women’s participation in the country's economic life such as 450 prohibited professions for women, shorter periods of employment contracts, unequal access to justice etc. Daria noted the necessity of observance of The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the need to improve of the mechanisms of responding the cases of discrimination and implementation of gender expertise. Daria also substantiated the impact of women's empowerment and the realization of women's potential on the growth of companies, national and global economy.

IPSD Team thanks to League of Business and Professional Women of Ukraine for invitation and for rising important topic, to Ekaterina Svistun, Andriy Horbal and Ukrainian Center for Social Data for presentation of research on Gender distribution of owners of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs in Ukraine.