29 June 2016 - National consultations on gender mainstreaming into the process of SDG localization was organized by UN Women in partnership with the Ministry of Social Policy on 29 June 2016 in Kyiv. More than 25 leading gender experts from the Government, women’s civil society organizations and development agencies participated in the event.

National consultations on gender mainstreaming into the process of SDG localization was organized by UN Women in partnership with the Ministry of Social Policy on 29 June 2016 in Kyiv. More than 25 leading gender experts from the Government, women’s civil society organizations and development agencies participated in the event.

Participants were informed on SDG nationalization framework and best practices of localization of the Development Agenda 2030 the essence of which encouraged to play more active role in shaping gender perspective of SDGs for Ukraine. Presentation on mapping of national gender strategies, programmes and plans was conducted by national gender expert Galyna Meshcheryakova. She raised an issue of fragmented process of development and implementation of state programmes and national action plans on different gender-related issues, such as NAP on Human Rights Strategy, State Programme on Equal Opportunities, State Programme on Combating Human Trafficking, NAP “Women, Peace and Security”, as well as informed on the State programme on domestic violence prevention that is being developed. Gender policy implementation process is very complex and limits adequate financing of the activities from the national budget. In this context, SDG nationalization process could assist in forming a comprehensive framework document or vision on gender policy.

The following gender policy gaps and areas for change were identified for follow up actions on integrated approach to gender-responsive SDGs nationalization:

  • Information campaign covering schools, families, mass media to overcome gender stereotypes; in addition to awareness raising interventions for decision-makers and officials to ensure gender-sensitive policy on different levels and in all sectors;
  • Prevention of GBV and protection of the survivors, with the focus on conflict affected population;
  • Political empowerment of women;
  • Economic empowerment of women especially those affected by conflict ;
  • Promoting women, peace and security agenda;
  • Gender-responsive planning and budgeting on national and local levels, especially in the context of decentralization process.

Participants discussed gender-responsive national monitoring, reporting and accountability framework with particular focus to the role of CSOs. Common vision of promotion of gender agenda of SDGs was elaborated and joint advocacy efforts in this area planned: participation in national consultations on 5-6 July and local consultations in July-August for advocating and prioritization of the Goal 5 and mainstreaming gender to other SDGs.

As a result of the meeting a Guide on Gender Advocacy and SDG was developed for gender advocates to promote and apply strategies of SDG nationalization in Ukraine to mainstream gender to the Development Agenda 2030.