Presentation of the educational course “Gender Equality and Women’s Rights”.

Ukrainian Women Lawyers Association “JurFem” presented the educational-methodical course “Gender Equality and Women’s Rights” on February, 13, 2020.

The event was held in partnership with the Ukrainian National Bar Association.

The course contains 5 modules that develop the concepts of feminist theory of law and the use of “gender glasses” in legal science.

The course can be used by law professors. The peculiarity of the course, in particular, in the lego structure: it can be use either completely or selectively – by involving individual modules or supplementing them with their own experience.

In November 2019, a group of law school teachers took part in the training and later tested the course modules in their educational institutions.

As a result of the testing, the author team has finalized the course and is now available for download via the link (Ukrainian).

In addition to educational institutions, the course can be used by anyone, including the training of judges, lawyers, etc.

USAID New Justice Program Manager David M. Vaughn said during the presentation that he hoped the course would be actively used by law schools, as new approaches could improve the quality of future lawyers work.

UNBA Vice-President Valentin Gvozdy said in his welcome speech that the Association is already actively implementing gender policies in its work.

Adviser to the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Roksolana Shvadchak noted that although the Ministry cannot dictate to an autonomous university how to shape its educational process, it would recommend a course for at least optional implementation.

The course was developed by experts of the Ukrainian Women Lawyer Association “JurFem”: Hrystyna Kit (Feminist Theory of Law: Basic Approaches and Its Importance for the Development of Law, Concept of Gender Discrimination in National and International Law), Yaryna Voloshyn (Concept and Legal Nature of Gender and Feminism) , Olga Poiedynok (Feminism in International Law), Olena Kharytonova (Body, Power, Gender and Protection against Gender Violence) and Larysa Denysenko (Gender Equality in the Media).

Several law schools are already implementing gender equality courses, in particular at the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (Olena Uvarova, Olena Kharytonova), Institute of Law and Psychology of Lviv Polytechnic National University (Iryna Andrusyak), Institute of International Relations of Shevchenko Kyiv National University (Olga Poiedynok), Law Institute of Stefanyk Precarpathian National University (Maria Logvinova) and others. We hope that our experience will contribute to the implementation of gender equality courses in all law schools in Ukraine.

The course developed by the Ukrainian Women Lawyer Association “JurFem” within the framework of the Gender-Sensitive Student Legal Environment Project, supported by the American people, provided through the USAID New Justice Agency through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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