On August 23, 2018, the enlarged meeting of the Ukrainian side of the project "Social Partnership for the Eradication of Equality", which was supported by the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum in the framework of the 2018 Regeneration Program, was held at Parus BC.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the project's parent organizations, as well as organizations interested in activities, in particular, NGO, governmental and scientific institutions. Also, their recommendations on the project's work were provided by representatives of foreign partners, including the co-founder of NGO Dialog of Generations, Nugzar Kohreydze and the representative of the Armavir Development Center Ani Haratuyunyan. The meeting has coordinating nature, the main goal was to coordinate project activities and to look for development prospects and partnerships with representatives of academic and government institutions.

At the beginning of the meeting, Gennadiy Maksak, coordinator of the Ukrainian National Platform for the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, spoke about the contemporary agenda of the Eastern Partnership Program day and emphasized the importance of implementing projects for the European integration of Ukraine and promoting the "20 expected achievements of the Eastern Partnership until 2020"

Dear colleagues!

First and foremost from the «Bureau of Social and political developments» let me thank you For your cooperation and interest in ours work, in its activities during 2017 our organization focuses on the following areas: Gender equality and non-discrimination, equal opportunities in the labor sphere; Decentralization social services, implementation of integrated models of social services at the level of united territorial communities; Social component concepts of sustainable development, actually behind these three main areas of activity and built annual report. As in the past territory of activity spread not only to the regions of Ukraine, but also to Eastern Partnership countries, in particular, the republic Georgia, Moldova and Armenia.

The mission of our organisation's activities is:

  • Ensuring the principles of social justice and sustainable development of communities by combining civil society organizations and independent experts for the sake of reforming the social sphere of Ukraine.
  • Development of development strategies in all spheres of social policy: social protection, social services, social dialogue, public health.
  • Examination and improvement of the regulatory environment for security effective reforms and the process of European integration.
  • Developing a common vision among civil society organizations working in social, ecological and medical spheres on the directions and results of reform.
  • Providing anti-discrimination and gender equality, working to create in Ukraine society and an environment free from discrimination.
  • Activities to protect the freedom, justice and equality of women and men in the market labor and the protection of their labor and social rights.

On November the 3rd in Kyiv, the conference “Government and Business: Are There Prospects for Introducing Non-Discriminatory Norms in the Labor Market?” took place. During the conference, the participants assessed the prospects for the implementation in Ukraine of six non-discriminatory Directives of the Council of the European Union concerning the gender equality of Ukrainian citizens in access to work and services. These directives envisage compliance with the principle of non-discrimination. For your attention – the Program of the Conference; also, the Resolution was adopted.

Today, more and more is spoken in Ukraine about diversity, and more and more employers tend to create teams of people of diverse backgrounds, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and other manifestations of diversity; but are they included in the workflow as a cohesive whole? This question deals with inclusiveness – creating conditions under which different people are included in the decision-making process and are responsible on an equal basis.

Paving the Path from Innovation to Tradition: the First progress of The Social and Scientific Platform for Human Development

Today, in a context of decentralization, significant changes in the country's social infrastructure are under way. In this regard, a number of important questions arise. What will be the consequences of optimizing social expenditures, how will this affect social policy both at local and state levels? How to effectively use social investments to create new mechanisms for providing social services and interaction between industries, so that they are seamlessly embedded in the system of local self-government? How to ensure the continued operation of these mechanisms by means of local resources, so that they would not end after donor funding is over? What kind of technical assistance does Ministry of Social Policy and local authorities need to implement the social policy, which would ensure human development, not merely reducing poverty? Finding answers to these complex questions was the task of the project "Approaches to Social Reform: from Innovation to Tradition", which was implemented by the NGO "Bureau of Social and Political Developments" supported by UNICEF.

On December 16, 2016, a round table was held at the conference hall of the Ministry of Social Policy, during which an expert project team had the opportunity to present their know-hows to a wide range of stakeholders. During the meeting, the proposals on the format of the integrated social model of human development, its long-term implementation in Ukraine, as well as ensuring minimization of threats to the system of social protection during the transition period in connection with the processes of decentralization in Ukraine, were discussed.

The last week was very rich on events that have become important for the development of social dialogue in Ukraine. The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement requires changes in the approaches to the interaction of trade unions, employers, civil society organizations and the state in solving socio-economic problems of the country. The EU-Ukraine National Civil Society Platform was established on November 7, in accordance with Articles 469-470 of the Association Agreement. Within the framework of the Platform, the Working Group on "Employment, labor rights, safe and healthy working conditions, social policy" was created. About one hundred civil society organizations, including major trade unions and employers' organizations, joined the group. The competence of the working group includes: searching for the best ways to implement the Association Agreement in the social sphere and in the field of social dialogue, Ukraine's ratification of the European Social Charter and the search for new social mechanisms.
Unfortunately, in the strategic documents that are being drafted in Ukraine at the state level, and not in the Presidential Strategy 2020, and not in the Coalition Agreement, social dialogue is generally not taken into account as an instrument for solving the acute social problems of society. Therefore, the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement remains the only strategic document that envisages the reform of the social dialogue. The agreement indicates how unions, employers' organizations and non-governmental organizations can unite in order to implement the European principles of social dialogue.

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