Globally, some progress on women’s rights has been achieved. In Ukraine, 83.3% of legal frameworks that promote, enforce and monitor gender equality, with a focus on violence against women, are in place. The proportion of women aged 20-24 years old who were married or in union before age 18 is 9.1%. The adolescent birth rate is 23.2 per 1000 population as of 2016, down from 26.1 per 1000 population in 2014. The proportion of women age (aged 15-49 years) who have their need for family planning satisfied with modern methods in 2007 year stood at 68%.
However, work still needs to be done in Ukraine to achieve gender equality. As of February 2019, there are only 11.6% of parliament seats held by women. In 2007, 10% of women aged 15-49 years reported that they had been subject to physical and/or sexual violence by a current or former intimate partner in the previous 12 months.
In Ukraine, only 39.8% of indicators needed to monitor the SDGs from a gender perspective are available, with gaps in key areas such as Unpaid Care and Domestic Work, Skills in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Women in Local Governments. In addition, many areas such as gender and poverty, women’s access to assets including land, physical and sexual harassment, and gender and the environment currently lack comparable methodologies for comprehensive and periodic monitoring. Addressing these gender data gaps is a prerequisite for understanding the situation of women and girls in Ukraine and for achieving the gender-related SDGs commitments.