“The Ministry of Justice is responsible for the implementation of gender legal examination of the current legislation and draft regulatory legal acts in all legislation areas that are related to human rights and freedoms. The Ministry of Justice makes an annual Plan on gender legal expertise of legislative acts and the results are posted on the Ministry’s website. But it is important for the gender balance to be implemented not only in documents, but also in everyday life”, - emphasized the First Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine Natalia Sevostianova.
She spoke about a number of successful innovations, initiated by the Ministry of Justice: registration and acquirement of information, certificates and excerpts online; anti-corruption reform, including property declarations by officials; rebooting personnel potential, based on civilized competitive selection; launching free legal aid centers, etc.
“Starting from July 1 this year a very important social project was launched, within the framework of which 100 additional free legal aid centers have been opened in all Ukrainian regions, where approximately 5 000 lawyers, selected through a transparent competition, provide aid to citizens in criminal, civil and administrative cases”, - stated the First Deputy Minister.
She pointed out that implementation of reforms, so urgently needed by Ukraine, requires balanced involvement of all segments of society to this process, which means – ensuring gender balance.
Melanne Verveer, in her turn, wished success to reforms and expressed hope that they are going to be properly brought before people and they will have positive effect.
Parties have stressed the importance of gender equality and strengthening women’s role in political and economic life, as well as implementation of UNSCR 1325 and combating gender-based violence, particularly within the conflict’s context.