NATO Advanced Research Workshop "The role of women and gender policies in addressing the military conflict in Ukraine Implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and related Resolutions"
Kyiv, September 21-22, 2015
4 Hospitalna Street
The participants of the NATO advanced research workshop «The role of women and gender policies in addressing the military conflict in Ukraine. Implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and related Resolutions» – people's deputies (MPs) of Ukraine, representatives of national and local bodies of executive power, international organizations, law enforcement and armed forces structures, higher educational institutions, non-governmental organizations, foreign and Ukrainian experts – after discussing the national and international experience regarding the role of women and gender policy in resolution of the armed conflict in Ukraine and its impact on women and girls in Ukraine,
to the Cabinet of Ministers and central bodies of executive power:
- To accelerate adoption of the draft Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on implementation of «National Action Plan ‘Women, peace, security’ for the period till 2020».
- To incorporate the issues related to implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 as separate clauses into the Action plan with NATO in Ukraine.
- To secure preparation and approval of the National Targeted Program on supporting the military and volunteers, who participated in ATO (including establishing the procedure for their rehabilitation, social adaptation, and official identification of disability status, if necessary).
- To establish the interdepartmental working group under the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, with the goal of improvement of the regulatory base to counteract violence, trafficking, and gender discrimination under context of hostilities and armed conflict, in particular, securing effective measures in following directions:
- conducting public awareness-raising and educational work for the general public, formation of gender equality and development of zero tolerance to various manifestations of violence;
- securing necessary assistance to people, who fell victim to various manifestations of violence, by creating a unified register of such people and improvement of interdepartmental interaction of the bodies of executive power/local self-government, of institutions, establishments and organizations of different forms of ownership, whose competence includes this direction of work;
- harsher punishment for people that committed violence, in particular, sexual violence against women and children, in the context of the armed conflict.
- To prepare and approve recommendations for military units and law enforcement services concerning prevention and detection of gender violence and human trafficking in the context of the armed conflict.
- To introduce changes to the list of occupations in law enforcement and military structures, taking into account women’s ability to occupy the same positions as men.
- To introduce into the advanced training programs for the military and police the following topics: «Dealing with psychological trauma», «Psychosocial rehabilitation of people, who became disabled at military service, and other people who were harmed during military service in Ukraine» (in particular, for doctors, social workers, practical psychologists). Best practices should be introduced to all post-graduate educational institutions.
- To file for consideration of the Government the issues related to preventing lay-offs of the specialists of the Centers of Social Services for Family, Children and Youth, and restoration of funding from the State Budget to support the positions of social work specialists, to secure the necessary help directly in the territorial communities for the following categories of persons:
- ATO participants and their families;
- families of:
- perished ATO participants;
- ATO participants, who were wounded;
- missing in action in the ATO zone;
- ATO participants and internally displaced persons;
- persons, who were or are kept prisoners;
- families, whose members stayed in the area of hostilities;
- internally displaced persons and their families.
- To add to the list the children that require special attention and support from the state, and the children, whose parents (one or both) were or are ATO participant, taking into account recreation and health improvement.
- To add persons, who file documents for obtaining the official status of an ATO participant or participant in military operations, to the list of the categories of citizens entitled to free legal assistance.
- To reserve job quotas to secure employment to ATO participants, in particular, persons that became disabled due to their service in the ATO zone.
- To amend the regulatory documents of the Military Police and Armed Forces of Збraine що to assignment of women to the positions related to social and psychological work of helping прrsons that wurvived the hostilities,
- To create informational materials for the military and police related to tolerance to vulnerable groups of population in the context of the armed conflict and in the post-conflict period.
- To secure coverage in mass media of environmental issues that can emerge in the context of the armed conflict or after it, and to inform about safety measures to be taken, including public service advertising.
- To secure restoration of positions of gender advisors.
To bodies of local self-government, oblast, rayon, and city state administrations, NGOs:
- To introduce positive international and national experience as to the role of women and gender policy in resolution of the armed conflict and its impact on women and girls.
- To secure cooperation between bodies of executive power/local self-government, NGOs and international institutions that oversee the issues of counteraction to gender-based violence.
- To secure awareness-raising activities for the bodies of executive power and civil society, in regard to counteracting to all forms of violence.
To the Ministry of Education and Science:
- To introduce the following:
- the topic: «Work with persons that commit violent acts /abusers» into the curriculum for psychologists and social work specialists;
- a course on rehabilitations of the military and their families into the curriculum for psychologists in higher educational institutions and / or advanced training for trained psychologists.
- To introduce into curricula of military and police educational institutions the topics «Counteracting gender-based violence» and «Gender mainstreaming».
To the Ministry of Social Policy:
- To establish the interdepartmental task force engaging representatives of international and civil society organizations to conduct analysis for securing necessary support to ATO participants and their families, and quality of the support provided.
- To prepare and approve recommendations concerning work with people who became victims of various types of violence, in particular, caused by, or related to the armed conflict.
- To prepare a comprehensive program for support of ATO participants and their families.