KYIV, Ukraine – Both men and women want to see changes in the traditional roles of men and women. 77 percent of respondents say that equality between men and women is important to them. 71 percent think men and women should be equally involved in family life but only 40 percent think they are today. Two thirds see that the politics is male-dominated but only 36 percent think that this should be the case. Sexual harassment in the workplace is an issue of concern to men as well as women. 13 percent (which is equivalent to 4.5 million adults) said they know someone who has been a victim of sexual harassment and 25 percent (8.7 million adults) said they know someone who has been a victim of domestic violence (several people might know the same victim, so it is not the case that we have 8.7 million victims). Most of these cases were unreported.
Releasing the survey, the Vice Prime Minister said: “Evidence from around the world shows that more equal societies are also safer and more prosperous. It is clear that the Ukrainian people, like people elsewhere in Europe, want greater equality. They want this because it reflects the needs they face in their everyday lives. For example, most people want both parents to be fully involved in bringing up children. Two thirds are not satisfied with a male-dominated political system.”
“The government has already developed a State Program on providing equal rights and opportunities for women and men. We have taken concrete steps to promote equality and eliminate discrimination, including in the defence and security sector. We have lifted barriers to the participation of women in many occupations from which they were previously excluded. We are also focused on reducing gender-based violence, including conflict-related sexual violence. We are currently updating the state gender equality policy and working with parliament to ensure more balanced representation of men and women in the next parliament. This survey demonstrates that the Ukrainian people want change and we, as a government, plan to deliver it.”
“Both men and women want greater equality in family life, working life and political life. This is a clear and deep-seated demand,” said Mary O’Hagan, Global Associate and Resident Senior Director for NDI Ukraine.
The survey was designed and executed by the National Democratic Institute in Ukraine. The fieldwork was conducted by GfK Ukraine from July 2, 2018 through July 23, 2018 with 2,558 face-to-face interviews. The survey is nationally representative with four macro regions of Ukraine: West, Center/North, South, East. Areas outside the control of the Ukrainian government were excluded. The average margin of error for this survey is +/-3%. The research is funded by Sweden and UK Aid.
NDI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. More information is available at www.ndi.org.