Cooperation between Ukraine and the EU has opened many opportunities for active citizens. Training courses, projects, fellowships and other activities are helping Ukrainians — particularly women — to realise their dreams and ideas. We spoke with a number of successful Ukrainian women who participated in EU programmes to find out how their experiences have helped to shape their careers. Inna Hleha: the policewoman resolving conflicts. Inna Hleha is a lieutenant colonel in the police force and has also worked as the head of the communications sector at the Main Directorate of the National Police in the Khmelnytskyy region.
Giving women a voice in peace-building
Giving women a voice in peace-building | OSCE
For more than two decades, NATO had worked to build a partnership with Russia, developing dialogue and practical cooperation in areas of common interest. NATO is pursuing a dual-track approach towards Russia: meaningful dialogue on the basis of a strong deterrence and defence posture. Since then, Ukraine remained the first item of the agenda of every NRC meeting. Allies continue to demand that Russia comply with international law and its international obligations and responsibilities; end its illegitimate occupation of Crimea; refrain from aggressive actions against Ukraine; halt the flow of weapons, equipment, people and money across the border to the separatists; and stop fomenting tension along and across the Ukrainian border. Allies have also noted that violence and insecurity in the region led to the tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines passenger flight MH17 on 17 July , calling for those directly and indirectly responsible to be held accountable and brought to justice as soon as possible.
Relations with Russia
Lysychansk, Luhansk Oblast, 30 June — Twenty ambulance drivers from Luhansk Oblast and ten from Donetsk Oblast have completed a pilot training course in the newly introduced specialty "emergency medical technician" EMT and are now qualified to provide first aid in emergency situations. Dmytro Kiseliov, director of the Luhansk Regional Centre for Emergency Care and Disaster Medicine, said that drivers on call in emergencies often want to help doctors and paramedics, but are unable to do so because they do not have the required special knowledge and skills. The three-month training course took place in two stages: The trainees studied first aid theory at the Lysychansk and Bakhmut medical professional colleges, and then underwent practical training at the Luhansk and Donetsk regional emergency care and disaster medicine centres.
Enhancing the participation of women in conflict resolution and peace-building efforts is important to achieving security and stability in Ukraine. Nataliya Mariychuk, a mother of three children aged three to eighteen is nostalgic for the life she had some 1, kilometres away in her native city of Alchevsk, in Luhansk region but now she has adjusted to her new life. Nataliya is one of more than a million women displaced by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The significant number of internally displaced persons IDPs and the challenges involved in integrating them into their new environments prompted her to co-found the Civic Movement of Donbas IDPs. The association works with local administrative authorities in Vorotsiv to address socio-economic problems including lack of housing and recreational facilities for children.