Ukrainian politicians and political parties have been united in their common mission to defeat Russia and preserve Ukraine’s democracy, independence and sovereignty since the full-scale invasion. This message of unity remains at the forefront as Ukraine enters the ninth month of war. Throughout this period, Ukrainian political parties European Solidarity, Servant of the People and Batkivschyna have continued to invest in developing and maintaining strong internal party infrastructures and prioritizing inclusion, especially for women and youth. These efforts remain critically important as Ukraine looks to a post-war future in which viable and relevant political parties will continue to uphold Ukraine’s pluralistic democracy and in which Ukrainians have a choice between a variety of parties united by their commitment to the country’s democratic future. Against this backdrop, and in anticipation of a better future, these Ukrainian political parties with NDI support have made meaningful steps forward and helped to strengthen Ukrainian democracy.
Solidarna Molod, the youth wing of European Solidarity, held its annual congress in October. NDI provided strategic advice on the agenda, ensuring a focus on inclusion of young women at the congress, in addition to providing guidance on the implementation of a process for leadership transition through internal elections. The final agenda focused on the role of youth and women in the war effort and next steps for the development of the party organization, with the goal of ensuring that youth and their specific needs are represented within the party. The organization held leadership elections, with nearly half of the positions now occupied by newly elected youth. Nearly one hundred youth wing members joined the event, which was also attended by European Solidarity members of parliament and former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The growing strength of Solidarna Molod demonstrates the party’s commitment to inclusion of youth in the party.text of the resolution and the action items which are now posted on the party's official website. The growing prominence of Ze!Zhinky is a testament to the party’s understanding of, and support for, meaningful inclusion of women in all aspects of the party.
Once again, the resilience of the people of Ukraine has been exemplified. Political parties are alive and thriving, building organizational capacity even in the midst of war. NDI is proud to support political parties in their efforts to build strong and inclusive organizations. The meaningful progress the parties are making is key to preserving Ukraine’s democracy and ensuring that Ukraine is ready once the post-war environment.
This project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and is implemented by NDI through the Consortium for Electoral and Political Processes (CEPPS).
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