Hanne Severinsen: Strengthening of gender equality is not a question of legislation, but an issue of mentality changing

12:15 PM 6-6-2013

IWP held a videoconference with Hanne Severinsen, a co-rapporteur of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (1995-2007).During videoconference well-known European politician Hanne Severinsen answered the questions about the European future of Ukraine and prospects for improving gender equality in Ukraine.

Thus, Ms. Severinsen said that the determining factor in achieving gender equality in society is based on active position both of men and women, rather than the introduction of gender quotas by law. In addition, the politician emphasized the importance of changing the mentality so that equality between men and women in society could be strengthened through information campaigns and active role of civil organizations. At the same time, Ms. Severinsen said that the Europeanization of Ukraine depends on adherence to European values ​​such as the rule of law and human rights.


The transcript of the conversation is available in Ukrainian only.