The Parliament supported the bill on quotas for women
The Cabinet of Ministers supported the bill of the Ministry of Social Policy designed to ensure equal rights and opportunities for women and men.
This was announced by the Minister of Social Policy Natalia Korolevska immediately after the meeting, the press service of the government reported.
She said that the bill was designed to implement the State program to ensure equal rights and opportunities for women and men for the period until 2016.
"The purpose of the bill is to resolve a number of gender issues. Those include the low level of representation of women in senior positions in the executive and legislative branches, the gap in wages of Ukrainian women and men, and a low level of economic activity of women and their representation in the management of companies," - Korolevska said.
According to the minister, the bill envisages 30% gender quota in the electoral lists of political parties in elections to parliament and local councils.
Currently, the Parliament has only 9.4% of women MPs.
"Unlike most other bills, our document is comprehensive and is intended to ensure equal rights and opportunities for women and men, even in business and employment by supporting less represented sex" - Korolevska said.
"That is, during the appointment to the post, provided the same qualification of candidates, the preference will be given to the less represented gender. Thus we will promote the professional potential of the less represented sex in various fields of employment", - the minister said.
According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, as of September 2013, in Ukraine there are 24.4 million women and 20.9 million men.
Source - "Ukrainska Pravda".