Media marathon: Why gender equality is important for Ukraine?

Медийный марафон: Почему гендерное равенство важно для Украины?

Медийный марафон: Почему гендерное равенство важно для Украины?

Медийный марафон: Почему гендерное равенство важно для Украины?

Joan Wagner

Медийный марафон: Почему гендерное равенство важно для Украины?

David Amstedam

Медийный марафон: Почему гендерное равенство важно для Украины?

Roman Vashchuk and David Amstedam tested

Медийный марафон: Почему гендерное равенство важно для Украины?

The Director of NDI in Ukraine Mary O Hagan

Wednesday, April 27, the national Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) held a media marathon, “Why gender equality is important for Ukraine?”.

To participate in the event were attracted politicians, diplomats, civil servants, media representatives and opinion leaders, among whom the Ambassador of Canada in Ukraine Roman Vashchuk, program coordinator technical assistance of the U.S. Embassy Joan Wagner, charge d’affaires of the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine David Emtestam, community activists Olha aivazovska, Alexander solontay, Vic Podgorny, Natalya Karbovskii, Maria Berlin, Andrew Kruglashov.

In the framework of the media marathon, the participants had the opportunity to take an innovative test which allows you not only to learn about conscious thoughts and judgments, but also to understand the subconscious attitude towards gender roles and take questions, as, for example, which parent is going on maternity leave, to be the breadwinner in the family, build a career, or perhaps to successfully combine all these roles.

The media marathon was organized to raise awareness in society about the benefits of gender equality and promote public debate about the devastating impact of gender stereotypes and sexism.

Director of the research Institute in Ukraine Mary O Hagan noted that this marathon is part of a broader programme of the Institute, aimed at promoting Ukraine’s democratic development. “The equality of men and women is a key value in the European Union – so it is an important part of the implementation of European aspirations of Ukraine”, – she said.

The Ambassador of Canada in Ukraine Roman Vashchuk after he passed the test, said: “In my opinion, the educational level of Ukrainian women, their data for success is. The idea is to give some signals, in politics or in the management structures, waiting for them. Because it enables the company to fully exploit the potential of 50% of its population”.

Charge d’affaires of the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine David Emtestam expressed the view that testing is a challenge for those representations and stereotypes that we have, as it allows to understand first what they are, and then to deal with them. “I think this test is very useful,” added the diplomat.

Joan Wagner, coordinator of technical assistance programs the U.S. Embassy believes it is an innovative testing an interesting tool that will help to identify and overcome the biases that we have since childhood.

For discussion on the theme “Overcoming sexism and negative gender stereotypes in media” within the framework of the media marathon was joined by prominent journalists Olga Gerasimyuk, Larisa Denisenko, Yuri Makarov and Irina Slavinskaya. “Don’t need to be a special reporter, to prevent discriminatory, racist or sexist remarks. Gender equality is already included in the standards of journalism, which in principle exclude discriminatory statements,” – said moderatori discussion Iryna slavinska.

To join the public important initiative and define their own gender stereotypes can be anyone on the website and the website.

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