NDI Survey Shows Growing Ukrainian Interest in Increasing Women's Political Participation

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NDI Survey Shows Growing Ukrainian Interest in Increasing Women's Political Participation

Nearly half of Ukrainians think there are too few women in elected office, according to a survey released today by the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Ukrainians believe women politicians are better equipped than men to deal with many important policy issues, and they want political parties to address barriers to women’s political participation. Regardless of their age, education, or marital or parental status, the women surveyed believe that supporting qualified women candidates is important. Both men and women, by a 4 to 1 ratio, said they would be more likely to vote for a party that had some form of outreach to women voters and candidates. In addition, more than 8 in 10 favor providing women candidates with the same access to resources, media and positions on parties’ candidate lists as men.

The survey was conducted Nov. 16-27, 2012, by the U.S. firm Lake Research Partners and the Kyiv-based Razumkov Center for Economic and Political Research. NDI supported the survey as part of a program promoting women’s political participation, which included focus groups among women voters last May.

This program is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

(we invite you to read the survey, published by one of our partners, NDI)

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