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The defense Ministry of Ukraine intend to include in their training programmes gender issues

At the meeting of the working group on gender issues discussed for 2018-2019

Photo: mil.gov.ua

The General staff of the Armed forces of Ukraine on 11 January established a working group to ensure the fulfilment of partnership goals of NATO – Ukraine “Gender issues”, the press service of the Ministry of defense of Ukraine.

“In the founding meeting, which took place under the leadership of chief of moral-psychological support of the Armed forces of Ukraine the General-the major Oleg Gruntkowski was attended by representatives of the structural subdivisions of the Ministry of defence of Ukraine and General staff of armed forces of Ukraine, senior adviser on personnel management Patrick Longfield (USA), Deputy Director of the NATO office in Ukraine, Anne-Christine Bergene, as well as representatives of international and non – governmental organizations”, – stated in the message.

Participants discussed future activities of the working group for 2018-2019.

“In particular, the main attention in the implementation of the gender programme will focus on implementation of priorities. Among them is the establishment of a system of gender advisers, the introduction of training on gender awareness for staff, the inclusion of gender issues in training programmes, inclusion of gender expertise in the planning, execution and evaluation of operations,” – said the defense Ministry.

Ukraine has intensified its cooperation with NATO in 2014, against the annexation of Crimea to Russia and armed conflict in the Donbass. At the end of 2014, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law which provides for the refusal of Ukraine of implementation of policy of “non-alignment”.

In accordance with the new Military doctrine of Ukraine, adopted in 2015, the deepening of cooperation with NATO and the achievement of the 2020 full interoperability of the Armed forces of Ukraine with armies of the countries – members of NATO is a priority. The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the decision on Ukraine’s accession to NATO will be made at the referendum.

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