In addition, the U-Inn 2.0: RELOAD youth innovations competition, supported by UNDP, produced six winning projects that will get financing and mentoring support. The six winners were selected out of 88 projects submitted that met the conditions and objectives of U-inn 2.0 – promoting the integrity and inclusiveness of democratic processes, building effective cooperation with government, and involving citizens in decision-making.
More than 150 people from the IT sector, business local government and civil society, got together at the Hack for Locals in Kharkiv, where they brainstormed smart approaches to empowering local democracies and tackling pressing social issues in Ukraine. After two days of intensive brainstorming, coding, pitching and discussing prototypes, three winning ideas were picked for further funding and support for their implementation in local communities.
October: Gender equality and women’s participation in decision making
This year’s parliament elections in Ukraine saw the highest ever number of women elected to parliament – the number of parliamentary seats held by women almost doubled, from 12 percent in the 2014 elections to around 21 percent now.
However, Ukraine still faces three big obstacles to gender equality, while experts have identified five things still standing in the way of greater participation by women in decision making.