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Legal grounds of gender equality in the Security and Defense Sector of Ukraine were discussed at LvSUIA

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Lviv State University of Internal Affairs launched series of scientific and practical events dedicated to topical aspects of adherence to the principles of gender equality. Discussions on this extremely important topic began during a round table held today at the university. First event was held remotely - participants communicated via online platform ZOOM. The discussion concerned the legal basis of gender equality in the Security and Defense Sector of Ukraine.

International experts, scholars, practitioners and representatives of public organizations spoke about the developments in this area and shared their views on ways to overcome gender stereotypes in society.

Rector of Lviv State University of Internal Affairs Roman Blahuta addressed the participants of the round table with a welcoming speech. “The gender approach in the education of higher education applicants should be focused on the formation and establishment of the practice of equal, gender-independent opportunities for self-realization of young people in various fields and spheres. At the same time, it’s important to show individual features of thinking and abilities, to acquire skills of equal cooperation of all participants in the educational process. It’s the gender approach to educational activities that meets the requirements of modern education and science, as it takes into account the interests of both sexes and helps to harmonize the processes of intersex social interaction of educational entities based on the idea of ​​gender parity.” said the head of the university. He also stressed the importance of creating a gender-sensitive educational environment with equal opportunities for self-realization.

In her welcoming speech, Hannelore Valier, Head of the EUAM Lviv Field Office, stressed that the issue of gender equality is a priority for the European Union. “In all the projects we implement, and in general in our activities, the gender component is always taken into account,” the Mission spokeswoman said.

The Government Commissioner for Gender Policy Kateryna Levchenko addressed the participants of the discussion with a welcoming speech. She noted the importance of conducting scientific activities related to gender equality, as it contributes to the understanding of the theoretical foundations for the formation and implementation of public policy in ensuring equal rights and opportunities for women and men at the national and local levels.

“Without the formation of a modern democratic organizational culture based on the principles of observance and protection of human rights, gender equality and non-discrimination, it is impossible to talk about strategic development in the law enforcement sphere. Ensuring equal rights and opportunities for women and men is very important for law enforcement. That is why we have developed and presented “Guidelines for the integration of gender approaches in the system of training for the security and defense sector,” said Kateryna Levchenko, adding that Lviv State University of Internal Affairs took an active part in this work. In addition, the Government Commissioner for Gender Policy announced that a number of trainings for teachers of higher education in the security and defense sector are planned for the second half of July.

The participants of the round table were also greeted by the representative of the Ukrainian Parliament's Commissioner for Human Rights in the Western Regions Svitlana Semchyshyn. “Gender equality is an indicator of how democratic a state is,” she said. “Taking into account the principle of gender equality policy in the processes of transformation, reorganization or during the implementation of reforms in various spheres of public life, will help increase the efficiency of relevant public services and help overcome gender stereotypes.”

The event was moderated by LvSUIA Vice-Rector Olha Balynska.

First of all, the participants discussed the international experience of implementing the principle of gender equality.

Hannelore Valier, Head of the EUAM Lviv Field Office, spoke about guarantees of gender equality in Germany and Italy.

Corina Dodi, Associate Professor of the Department of State and Legal Disciplines at KROK University, acquainted the participants of the round table with the experience of the Republic of Moldova.

Valentina Lukyanets, Assistant Rector for Gender Affairs at the National Academy of Internal Affairs, presented a report on the International Protocol on Documenting and Investigating Sexual Violence in Conflict as a Crime against Humanity: Key Findings.

The next panel focused on the achievements and prospects for equal rights and opportunities for women and men.

During the third discussion panel, the participants discussed topical issues of gender policy development in the security and defense sector of Ukraine.

In particular, Marta Chumalo, Deputy Head of the Women's Perspectives Center, presented a report on gender equality in the National Police.

Professor of the Department of Psychology, Pedagogy and Socio-Pedagogical Disciplines of the National Academy of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine named after B. Khmelnytsky Svitlana Hanaba spoke about the possibilities of integration of women in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Founder and Head of the public organization “UPS! Life in my city” Christina Nenno shared her thoughts on “Gender approaches in the management and operation of critical infrastructure”.

The event ended with a discussion of the introduction of a gender approach in the training of applicants in higher education institutions with specific learning conditions.

During this discussion panel, Professor of LvSUIA Department of General Law Disciplines of the Institute of Law Olha Barabash spoke about the legal consolidation of equality of rights of men and women in modern society.

And the Deputy Dean of LvSUIA Faculty № 3 Mykhailo Shevtsiv dedicated his speech to the gender peculiarities of cadet training.

The event was also attended by advisers and assistants to the rectors on gender issues of higher education institutions with specific learning conditions and scholars interested in discussing this issue.

At the end of the round table, the participants were addressed by LvSUIA Vice-Rector Olha Balynska. She thanked everyone who joined the scientific event, and stressed the importance of discussing the topic of gender equality and involving young people in such a discussion.

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