Plans by Ukraine's defence ministry to have female soldiers march in high heels instead of army boots in a parade next month have caused angry reactions. Iryna Gerashchenko, an opposition member of parliament, said it was sexism, not equality. Ukraine is preparing to stage a military parade on 24 August to mark 30 years of independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The defence ministry say the shoes are part of regulation-dress uniform. Many in Ukraine expressed shock at the plan, with a group of lawmakers calling on Defence Minister Andriy Taran to offer an apology.
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KIEV, Ukraine — As low birth rates, vast outflows of young migrants, and devastating conflict in the east corrode economic progress in Ukraine, another threat looms. According to a landmark study initiated by UNFPA , a crisis as pervasive as it is silent is emerging in the country — a masculinity crisis. The study draws on interviews and surveys from over 1, men across the country, as well as interviews with men referred to intervention programmes for domestic violence. Men in Ukraine are holding fast to gender norms, the study finds — and the consequences for women and girls are dire. The majority of men believe showing signs of weakness and submission, whether at home or in public, is disgraceful. Roughly 82 per cent say that women, too, should adhere to traditional gender roles, like cooking, cleaning and caring for children. There is peace and tranquility in the family now.
Ukraine plans for women to march in high heels spark outrage
With near daily reports of sexual harassment rippling through the U. That, at least, is the impression I got during a recent visit to Ukraine, where I had the opportunity to speak to women politicians, experts, and members of civil society. I had been invited to Kyiv to participate in the Yalta European Strategy meeting , or YES, a gathering of policymakers, businesspeople, journalists, and others that is funded by a wealthy businessman, Viktor Pinchuk. Since the conference has sought to promote a political bridge between Ukraine and the West and EU.
Ukraine's defence ministry caused outrage on Friday after it published pictures of female soldiers rehearsing for an upcoming military parade wearing high heels. In the pictures, the female students of a military college are seen wearing military fatigues and black heeled shoes, which even the cadets themselves admit are impractical. It is a little more difficult than in combat boots but we are doing our best," Ivanna Medvid told ArmiaInform, the news agency of the ministry. One lawmaker, Inna Souvsoun, said the initiative was "a stupid idea" that embodied "stereotypes on the role of the woman as a pretty doll".