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You're reading: Status of women in Ukraine international embarrassment

Ukraine’s elected officials are not representative of the population. The problem is rooted in the top-down, pseudo-democratic institutions that produce a lame democracy at key decision-making levels.

The issue is particularly acute in parliament, where 92 percent of deputies are male. The situation is only likely to get worse in the next election if action isn’t taken now to create more gender balance.

Ukrainian women constitute 53 percent of the population. They are united in hundreds of women’s organizations. They are represented in higher numbers of elected office at the village level, yet they make up only 8 percent of members of parliament. In the last decade, the rate of women’s participation globally has grown, while Ukraine’s situation has remained the same and is now slipping backward.

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