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The political
culture in Ukraine is male-dominated and it may stay that way for a long time.
Only 44 members of parliament in the 450-seat Verkhovna Rada are women, still
under 10 percent. That’s eight more than in the previous parliament, but still
leaves Ukraine far from European standards of gender equality with the next
scheduled parliamentary election in 2017.

There is a
connection between women in power and the strength of a nation’s democracy.

Studies
have shown that women are more likely to rise to positions of power in open and
democratic political systems, and such societies are usually fairer and less
corrupt than countries led mainly by men. By contrast, the role of women is
often limited in authoritarian and less developed countries.

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