UKRAINE: WOMEN IN
POLITICS
Iryna Fedets
Atlas Corps and CIPE fellow
The Heritage Foundation
2014
Women in Ukrainian history
• Middle ages:
• Brief periods of women-rulers
of some territories
• Princess Olga brings
Chris...
Halshka Hulevychivna
• Founder of Kyiv Fraternity
School (1615)
• This school later developed
into Kyiv Mohyla Academy
(a ...
XIX and XX century
• XIX century: first women’s organizations
• Early XX century: women participate in political
movements...
Modern Ukraine
• Low representation in politics:
• 10% of MPs are women (8% in 2008-2012)
• 1 out of 20 ministers is a wom...
Parliamentary group “Equal opportunities”
Modern Ukraine (continued)
• Active in NGOs
• Participated in the “Euromaidan” protests in winter 2013-
2014
• Programs to...
Ruslana – singer, activist
Olha Bohomolets – doctor, activist,
presidential candidate
Tetyana Chornovol – journalist, activist,
chief of anti-corruption bureau
Future scenarios
• Negative:
• War, instability
• Security issues on the agenda
• Shift of public opinion towards populari...
Thank you!
• Iryna Fedets
• Atlas Corps and CIPE fellow in the Heritage Foundation
• Worked in a think tank and a politica...
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Women in Ukrainian politics and civil society, with a brief history intro and 2 possible scenarios of further development. Presented in DC in 2014.

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  1. 1. UKRAINE: WOMEN IN POLITICS Iryna Fedets Atlas Corps and CIPE fellow The Heritage Foundation 2014
  2. 2. Women in Ukrainian history • Middle ages: • Brief periods of women-rulers of some territories • Princess Olga brings Christianity to Kyiv • Modernity: • Education • Charity • Endowed schools • Supported monasteries, churches
  3. 3. Halshka Hulevychivna • Founder of Kyiv Fraternity School (1615) • This school later developed into Kyiv Mohyla Academy (a National University now)
  4. 4. XIX and XX century • XIX century: first women’s organizations • Early XX century: women participate in political movements (Lesya Ukrainka), wars for liberation • 1920s: first women from Ukraine in Polish Seim and Senate • Soviet Union: state-controlled emancipation
  5. 5. Modern Ukraine • Low representation in politics: • 10% of MPs are women (8% in 2008-2012) • 1 out of 20 ministers is a woman • UN Millennium goal: minimum 30% of either gender in the parliament by 2015 • 2013 Gender Gap report: Ukraine is on the 64th position out of 136 countries • 27 in education, 30 in economic participation • 75 in health, 119 in political participation • Barriers: • Lack of time, finances, connections • Poor development of political parties
  6. 6. Parliamentary group “Equal opportunities”
  7. 7. Modern Ukraine (continued) • Active in NGOs • Participated in the “Euromaidan” protests in winter 2013- 2014 • Programs to monitor gender equality in politics
  8. 8. Ruslana – singer, activist
  9. 9. Olha Bohomolets – doctor, activist, presidential candidate
  10. 10. Tetyana Chornovol – journalist, activist, chief of anti-corruption bureau
  11. 11. Future scenarios • Negative: • War, instability • Security issues on the agenda • Shift of public opinion towards popularity of “strong”, “military” types • Positive: • Gradual growth of women in legislature, government • Recruitment from NGOs
  12. 12. Thank you! • Iryna Fedets • Atlas Corps and CIPE fellow in the Heritage Foundation • Worked in a think tank and a political party in Ukraine @irkeyshn Iryna Fedets

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