The Parliament Is No Place For Sexism: UBA appeals

2020-06-25

KYIV - June 25, 2020. The Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) sent an open appeal to the Committee on Rules of Procedure, Deputy Ethics and Organization of Work of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine with a request to consider information on unethical behavior of people's deputies and provide the incident with public assessment.

The reason for the appeal was the statements of people's deputies Oleksandr Kornienko and David Arahamiya about their colleague Iryna Allahverdiyeva - the corresponding video spread widely.

The lawyers stressed that the statement is not of a political nature, but aimed at expressing a civil position on the inadmissibility of encroachment on the dignity of women:

"We cannot stay away from such statements and tolerate such behavior, because it can transmit distorted values ​​to society. The country's leaders must set an example by their behavior and promote equal rights and opportunities for women and men."

Thus, in their address, they stressed the inadmissibility of the use of rude sexist language by parliamentarians and noted that such behavior does not contribute to approaching European standards and values. In addition, the UBA reminded that the status of a people's deputy obliges to adhere to deputy ethics, and discrimination on the grounds of sex is prohibited by law:

"We urge the authorities not to become a source of sexism," - the statement reads.

The full text of the open appeal is available by the link (in Ukrainian).

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