Country / Region profile of: Ukraine

In Ukraine, we see the importance of women’s contributions every single day.  Women played a huge role in the Maidan, and continue to drive reforms in and through the new government. However, feminists and peace activists continue to face obstacles to their public participation, including serious threats to their lives and safety. The Ukraine is ranked 61 out of 144 listed countries on the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Ukraine ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1981. Ukraine signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 25 September 2014, but has not ratified it. During the 2017 October Open Debate, Ukraine made no commitments in its statement. In 2017, $3.6 billion were spent by Ukraine on its military; subsequently, the budget allocated for the newly adopted Ukrainian 2016-2020 National Action Plan on the Implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000) is $506,231.

"In Ukraine, men and women have equal opportunities - in theory. But perceptions and stereotypes, and what some describe as male chauvinism create a ‘glass ceiling’ and prevent women from realising their ambitions" - Inna Topal


$ 3,648,000,000
Military expenditure
Ukraine spends USD$3,648,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Microloans for education
This amount could fund about 160,900,000 microloans strengthening Ukrainian girls's opportunities for education
NAP 1325
The total budget for implementing the NAP is $577,231 across 5 years.
WPS commitments
Ukraine committed to adopting a multi-year gender-equality strategy for the security and defence sector.