UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is visiting Ukraine for the first time to reaffirm UN Women’s commitment to support the country in the efforts to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is visiting Ukraine for the first time to reaffirm UN Women’s commitment to support the country in the efforts to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

In Kyiv Ms.Mlambo-Ngcuka meets with government officials, parliamentarians, donors, women's groups, and women facing multiple forms of discrimination. Her visit comes at a crucial time for Ukraine when the country addresses the effects of the on-going armed conflict and implementing an ambitious national reform agenda.

On 8 June, the Executive Director held a bilateral meeting with Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Vice-Prime Minister on EU and Euro-Atlantic Integration, to reiterate UN Women’s commitment to support Ukraine in advancing gender equality and women’s rights through institutional strengthening and reforms.

Together with Vadym Chernysh, Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons, she opened a workshop on women’s human rights in recovery and peacebuilding. The workshop aims to bring together an array of partners, including displaced women from the conflict-affected territories, minority women, national and local authorities, the Ombudsperson, civil society organizations and donors to discuss the challenges faced by women in the context of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. It also featured an interactive theater performance by displaced women and women from host communities. Following the workshop, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka held discussions with internally displaced women from the conflict-affected territories in the east of Ukraine.

On 9 June, the Executive Director will hold bilateral meetings with key government ministries, agencies and parliamentarians. On her last day in Ukraine, 10 June, the Executive Director will launch two new UN Women initiatives; “CEDAW in Action!”, funded by the Government of Canada, and “Gender Equality at the Centre of the Reforms,” funded by the Government of Sweden, at a press conference with Vice-Prime Minister Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, as well as the ambassadors of Canada and Sweden.

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