A new report by the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), which has offices in London, Paris and Brussels, recommends that the post-war rebuilding of Ukraine should result in more women holding representational roles in political institutions and senior management.

It’s co-authored by eight researchers and refers to an approved Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers strategy from December that stresses the role of women through 2024 to take part in rebuilding the country after the damage inflicted by a full-scale invasion that Kremlin autocrat Vladimir Putin ordered in February 2022.  

“The strategy is part of a wider legislative program that has placed gender equality at the center of Ukrainian public policy and has adopted gender responsive budgeting (GRB) principles,” the report says.

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A World Economic Forum report is also cited from 2021 that notes women in Ukraine are “more educated than men but less likely to participate in the labor force or hold senior positions in business or politics.”

Due to martial law currently in place, men aged between 18 and 60 cannot leave Ukraine under most conditions, but there are exceptions. For example, if the man is the father of three children. Women can leave and usually when they do, they leave with children as husbands join the war effort in some capacity.

The group’s “GRB” principles emphasizes that government policies promote gender equality “objectives” and that sufficient “resources are allocated to achieving them.”

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Any reconstruction effort should include inclusive gender decision making, the report states since research shows they are more effective and responsive to the priorities of both sexes.

Demographers say that about eight million Ukrainians have left the country, and many are internally displaced due to the Kremlin’s war mongering. Sixty-eight percent of internally displaced people are women and 90 percent of those who’ve fled are women, CEPR says.

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“If the post-war reconstruction process is to take the principles of ‘building-back-better’ seriously, recovery planning and execution must address social inequalities, not least along the gender dimension,” the group says.

Washington-based lender World Banks says that more than $400 billion is required at the moment to rebuild Ukraine and help it recover, according to a report released on March 23.

The cost of reconstruction and recovery is expected to stretch over 10 years and combines both needs for public and private funds,” the report says.

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Jerome
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After the war, just like after communism, Ukraine will be vulnerable to many hardened anti-democratic opportunists. Equality for women (who are half of all Ukrainians) and equal rights for all minorities is a critically important ideal to commit to and work toward if Ukraine is to finally be free of the small-minded, power hungry demagogues of the past.

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Pavov
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Russia still,doesn't do anything righr

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MarcNorth
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Nice to see some feminists actually adress that it's highly unfair, at least should be from their supposed egalitarian world view, that all men must stay and fight - while women, regardless of whether or not they have children, are free to leave. Most feminists ignore this issue, because it goes against the narrative of women always being the victims. In this scenario, men are the obvious victims in the most literal sense.

But I guess for most people, whining about cat-calling and toxic masculinity is what's really important.

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Pavov
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Russia does nothing right

Syanly
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@Pavov, except fail

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Oscar wild
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I have a opinion but it's up to the Ukraine to decide its their choice.

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ron
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Gender equality is downfall of the world. Sorry, but Russia has it right on Feminism. The West has it all wrong.

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gavan duffy
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Ukraine has a vital Christian tradition at its heart.There are unfortunately many in the West who would seek to impose their Gay Ideology on Central and Eastern Europe.Nations like Poland have given them the big heave ho as they are damaging western society.They are wolves in sheeps' clothing.Ukraine would be well advised to keep them at a distance and treasure its rich christian culture.

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Big gay monster
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As for me being an idiot don't care about that either I'm not your enemy

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Big gay monster
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You are Intitaled to your opion I'm not American so I'm not going to respond about Trump don't care

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Gay planet
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You must be from Florida your pronoun is .....

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Willie
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Don't worry no one is going to make you gay.

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Bosco
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Russia is a racist anti queer anti trans and a toxic masculinity nation.Why fight a war to only become like them. The only rabbit hole is the one of oppression and fear.

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Who ever I want to be in a free country
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Liberty first religion has no place telling people what to do and what to be.No one says you got to it like it but to bad Liberty for all people . Glory to the Ukraine

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Bob
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Gender equality is good; please don't go down the rabbit hole of forcing the approval of homosexual lifestyles. Such a path is destructive. All people have great value, but it is wrong to treat disfunction as functional. I know gay people that I have counted as good friends. I approved of them, even though, as a Christian I could never support that lifestyle, any more than I can agree with behavior that falls short in my own life.

Big gay monster
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@Bob, Your From Florida right your pronoun is .....?

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Gerrymandering
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So us liberty make this vile war count because we need to see this.We have forgotten in the west what that looks like liberty for all . We are to caught up in the money train that will drive us over the cliff. The next battle should be climate change with the will that that he's been showed by the west and Europe another world could be possible.If we dare.

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Wayne
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How many times has Ukraine been thrown under the Western bus over the past century, all in the name of trying to appease the Russians so Wall St could keep the door open for making money?

These same market predators now want to dictate how Ukraine rebuilds?

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Wayne
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It will be very interesting to see how Herr Klaus Schwab, the 21st Century globalist wannabe dictator, does when his Davos mafia try "restructuring" Ukraine to fit the WEF global serfdom business plan.

The manicured class from Davos will get a taste of Ukrainian reality. After all, the Russia Federation, as the epicenter of the former USSR has been allowed to get off penalty-free for decades by the (Davos) West, for all the death and destruction suffered by Ukraine and all the former Soviet slave states while the western oligarchs made BILLIONS from their Military Industrial Complex.

The military aid for this Russian invasion is owed Ukraine, just to cover the cost to Ukraine's civilization for the well-censored Holodomor...JUST FOR STARTERS. There is no room for western "advice" or direction on how Ukraine should rebuild.

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Sean
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Any reforms that accompany reconstruction should actually reflect the policy preferences of the Ukrainian electorate. Overzealous social engineering by well-meaning intellectuals in the wake of geopolitical revolutions has a long history of backfiring politically. Focus on rebuilding the economy and social equality will tend to follow organically; try to change culture by fiat and you'll end up like US nation-building efforts in the middle east.

Buddy Rojek
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@Sean, I agree. As an Australian that lives in Ukraine, the only people in building trades are men. Mandatory female quotas will just cause problems.

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