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Advancing Gender Equality in Security and Defense Reform in Ukraine

This report addresses how the findings of the review of the Verkhovna Rada Committees within the legislative architecture on security and defense reform in Ukraine reveal that legislative and policy commitments have progressed. Although this is a good finding, meaningful implementation and oversight remain limited. The data identifies a clear gap in the practical efforts of the Committees to take gender into account and advance gender equality. This gap is mirrored in the attitudes and beliefs of some Committee members and Secretariat staff. These individuals report that gender is sufficiently addressed, while not being a necessary consideration in most cases. Therefore, gender is not taken into account on a consistent basis.