A partner to PLEDDG Project, the city of Vinnytsia is a pioneer in gender equality in the community’s life. Vinnytsia was the first city among other Ukrainian municipalities to join the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life. Vinnytsia City Council adopted such decision on June 23, 2017, with 45 local deputies’ votes in favor.
Pursuant to the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life, discrimination on any grounds such as sex, race, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation is prohibited. The Charter “calls for the European local and regional governments to commit themselves to use their powers and partnerships to achieve greater equality for their people”. Having joined the Charter, Vinnytsia City Council voluntarily committed itself to ensure implementation of the Charter provisions within the framework of its powers.
The idea to sign the European Charter came up during discussions held at the meetings of the Section on Equal Rights and Opportunities for Women and Men of the Association of Ukrainian Cities, whose activity is supported by PLEDDG Project. Moreover, within the call for gender initiatives of PLEDDG Project and Association of Ukrainian Cities, the PLEDDG Project supported Vinnytsia’s initiative to develop a policy document promoting implementation of the commitments undertaken under the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life (the author of the initiative is Vinnytsia Association of Regional NGOs “Open Society”).
In the video below, Oksana Bondar, PLEDDG Project Coordinator in Vinnytsia Oblast, and Svitlana Khodakova, Director of Vinnytsia Association of Regional NGOs “Open Society”, talk about the action plan for implementation of the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life.
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