Ukraine introduces measures against domestic violence, rejecting “gender” terminology Print
Friday, 08 December 2017 21:28
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The Parliament of Ukraine has adopted a new law combating domestic violence, including forced abortions, taking into account the recently-articulated position of the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations (UCCRO).

Bill No. 5924, “On Preventing and Counteracting Domestic Violence,” was adopted on December 7, 2017, reports the Institute for Religious Freedom.

The law will introduce additional steps to create measures and protective mechanisms to combat all forms of gender-based violence, including domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, sexual harassment, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, forced sterilizations, and forced abortions.

It is also envisaged to improve the work of support services for victims of violence, particularly state telephone hot lines.

In particular, the parliamentarians heeded the request of the UCCRO to legislatively counteract domestic violence, especially against women, while avoiding the use of problematic new terminology likes “gender,” “unconventional gender roles,” “sexual orientation,” etc.

A meeting of members of the UCCRO with Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman was held July 4, in which a number of issues in the Church-state sphere were discussed, including the advisability of introducing the above-mentioned foreign gender terminology into the Ukrainian legal field.

The representatives of the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations unanimously reaffirmed their opposition to the possibility of ratification the Istanbul Convention, which introduces new terms, foreign to the Ukrainian legislation, including the terms “gender,” “gender identity,” “gender sensitivity,” “sexual orientation,” which go beyond what is acceptable in Ukrainian society and distort the understanding of “gender equality” as equal rights for men and women.

In April 2017, the Ukrainian Ministry of Health removed the “third gender” from the draft law “Declaration of Choice of Doctor for Primary Health Care.”

On the eve of the vote, the UCCRO urged the Parliament’s leadership and parliamentary groups to pass bills # 4952 and # 5294 which would implement the main provisions of the Istanbul Convention against domestic violence, but without the unacceptable terminology.

As a result of the parliamentary discussion, the Ukrainian Parliament voted in favor of bills # 4952 and # 5294 in a compromise edition, which heeded the request of the religious society and traditional family values.

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