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Women accuse Ukraine's Azarov of discrimination

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April 1, 2010, 8:35 p.m. |
Women's rights groups have filed suit against the Ukrainian prime minister in a Kyiv court for saying that government reforms are not "a woman's business," their leaders said Thursday. Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, who heads an all-male Cabinet, made the remark during a speech last month.

After criticism from female politicians at home and abroad, Azarov explained that he meant he would not wish any woman, especially if she has children, to work more than 15 hours a day as his ministers do.

Kateryna Levchenko of the rights group La Strada Ukraine described Azarov's statement as a "direct discrimination against Ukrainian women and me personally." She said she filed the suit Monday.

Olena Suslova, the head of another rights group, Women's Advisory Center, has filed a similar suit.

Court officials refused to comment.

Last month, dozens of female activists of the local FEMEN human rights watchdog held a protest in front of the Cabinet, demanding posts for women in the government. Police detained one as she started pulling her clothes off.

Ukraine's new Cabinet is considered Europe's biggest with 29 ministers.
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Anonymous April 1, 2010, 8:41 p.m.    

Both the president and prime minister have made scathing remarks about women,,,something that western society would not tolerate in politicians,,,

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Anonymous April 1, 2010, 10:32 p.m.    

The sad part is that women actually voted for the party of regions.

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 12:16 a.m.    

Many of the Russian female ethnics spited their faces by cutting off their own noses when they voted for Yanukovych.

Maybe another generation or two will have to pass before they 'get the message' regarding womans' human rights.

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 12:41 a.m.    

If you knew some of the tactics employed by the election areas of eastern and southern Ukriane Party of Regions then you would know why many women voted for them,,,,,,from having to take pictures on a cell phone to prove they voted P of R to keep there jobs,,,,,to threats and intimidation of loss of employment and total black listing among the major employers in there regions (after all the owners of the industries are numbered among Putin Puppets (Yanukovych's) backers arent they

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Anonymous April 1, 2010, 11 p.m.    

your not in western society - hate to state the bleeding obvious

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 1:59 a.m.    

True.You are at 15 century society, dum-dum commie

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 2:11 a.m.    

But you are from your use of english language in such a manner,,,and i am also in western civilization,,,UK to be exact but have spent many moths over the last 4 years in Ukraine and intend to spend many more there...

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Anonymous April 1, 2010, 9:25 p.m.    

they should take Timoshenko to court, she is the one who made goverments life so misarable that they afraid to take any more women in. It has nothing to do with Azarov or Yanukovich

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 12:01 a.m.    

thats true, good comment

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 12:38 p.m.    

No it's not, it's complete nonsense... Idiotic linking... Why not take Kuchma to court over the same? Or Gorby?

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 12:10 a.m.    

A politician such as this Azarov who harbours blatent anti female sentiment, would have brought down his own political party in any other Western democracy.

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 3:41 a.m.    

Ukraine is not a &quot;western democracy&quot; thank god!

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 3:41 a.m.    

It is a frivolous case, they should be fined for wasting the court's time.

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