The Current Situation and Potential Responses to Movements against Gender Equality in Ukraine

  • Olena Hankivsky Professor, School of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Founder and Director of the Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver Canada; Research Chair in New Perspectives in Gender and Health (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) and Senior Scholar in Population Health (Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research).
  • Marfa Skoryk Senior researcher, Institute of Social and Political Psychology, Kyiv, Ukraine

Abstract

Gender equality in Ukraine is facing resistance. Although this backlash is not uniquely Ukrainian, it can have profound consequences for Ukraine’s efforts to integrate into the European Union. This paper reveals various aspects of a movement called “Stop Gender,” examining letter writing campaigns, political lobbying and an anti-gender equality blog. It assesses the key arguments of the movement, considers their impact on gender mainstreaming efforts, and investigates what action might be taken in the face of growing anti-gender equality sentiments across all levels of Ukrainian society.

Author Biographies

Olena Hankivsky, Professor, School of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Founder and Director of the Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver Canada; Research Chair in New Perspectives in Gender and Health (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) and Senior Scholar in Population Health (Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research).

Dr. Hankivsky is trained as a political scientist. Her research interests are focused on social and health policy. She is an internationally recognized expert in gender mainstreaming, gender based analysis and intersectionality-based analysis. Her recent publications include Health Inequities in Canada: Intersectional Frameworks and Practices (University of British Columbia Press, 2011), Gender, Politics and Society in Ukraine (University of Toronto Press, 2012), and An Intersectionality Based Policy Analysis Framework (Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy, 2012).

Marfa Skoryk, Senior researcher, Institute of Social and Political Psychology, Kyiv, Ukraine

Marfa Skoryk is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Social and Political Psychology of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine. She is the Director of the Kyiv Institute of Gender Research (KIGR). For many years Marfa Skoryk has been a national expert in gender issues of the Equal Opportunities and Women’s Rights Programme (UNDP in Ukraine) and of the Policy Reform and Implementation Support Mechanism (PRISM) Project. She has co-authored and edited a number of analytical reports, including a National Report on Gender Equality in Ukraine (2007).

Published
2014-08-09