Maryna Poroshenko: women double representation in new Kyiv City council

The implementation of the gender quota in the electoral legislation, the number of councilwomen in the new convocation of Kyiv City Council will double compared to the current layout. This should lead to a greater efficiency in addressing urgent issues and problems of the metropolitan community, said the leader of European Solidarity team in the KCC, Maryna Poroshenko.  

Maryna Poroshenko took part in the fourth Ukrainian Women’s Congress held in the capital in November.  

She noted that November local elections were held under the new legislation, which includes a gender quota. “What does that mean? Electoral lists that parties submit to the territorial election commissions, had to include women runners in a 2 + 3 proportion. That means more equal opportunities for men and women. The elections to the Kyiv City Council were held under that principle,” Maryna Poroshenko explained. 

“The city council of the new convocation will include twice more female councilpersons than before. There will be 39 women councillors,” she said. 

“I am confident that such quotas are a very European approach. They bring us to the standards and principles of European local authorities, which allow women to more actively contribute not only to the life or domestic issues, but also to the political. They can influence on political life and the formation of communities throughout Ukraine,” assured Marina Poroshenko.  

“There is a lot of issues that fall on women shoulders, and that need immediate resolution. These are, among other things, the support mothers who have to be in the home, caring for children, and they need social assistance so that they can better realize themselves professionally,” said she. 

Maryna Poroshenko stressed the need to protect women from psychological or physical domestic violence. According to her, this problem has been exacerbated by the fact that families are forced to stay in a confined space for a long time during a pandemic and quarantine restrictions. 

“Middle-sized and small businesses as they have often have to shut down in view of restrictions, including the quarantine weekend lockdown. This also leads to job layoffs. This problem is especially acute in the service industry where a great number of women are employed,” she said.