FUNCTIONAL PARTICULARITIES OF THE PRESENT GENDER POLICY WITHIN THE STATE BORDER GUARD SERVICE OF UKRAINE: HOMELAND EXPERIENCE

Nowadays in Ukraine, state agenda is changing in many spheres. A tendency for promoting a gender component within the security and defence sector is quite evident. The issue of gender inequality is still urgent because it remains a serious current issue worldwide to be prioritized in all spheres of life. The law enforcement agencies are no exception, as it is known that women do not achieve equality in many of them. The level of women’s access to equal opportunities and rights within the security sector is not high, though the situation in the border agency is better than in other law enforcement bodies of Ukraine. Unfortunately, women are currently underrepresented within the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, but every year the number of female personnel increases. The presence of female staff can be a key element of the border security, increasing effectiveness of detection and investigation. The more law enforcement institutions recognize the benefits women bring to them in serving communities, the more will be done to address gender-based discrimination within law enforcement structures. The State Border Guard Service is committed to the national and international principles of gender equality, though female personnel are still not part of decision-making process.

Nowadays in Ukraine, state agenda is changing in many spheres. A tendency for promoting a gender component within the security and defence sector is quite evident. The issue of gender inequality is still urgent because it remains a serious current issue worldwide to be prioritized in all spheres of life. The law enforcement agencies are no exception, as it is known that women do not achieve equality in many of them. The level of women’s access to equal opportunities and rights within the security sector is not high, though the situation in the border agency is better than in other law enforcement bodies of Ukraine. Unfortunately, women are currently underrepresented within the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, but every year the number of female personnel increases. The presence of female staff can be a key element of the border security, increasing effectiveness of detection and investigation. The more law enforcement institutions recognize the benefits women bring to them in serving communities, the more will be done to address gender-based discrimination within law enforcement structures. The State Border Guard Service is committed to the national and international principles of gender equality, though female personnel are still not part of decision-making process.
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Olga DERKACH

lieutenant colonel, PhD in public administration, senior officer, International Cooperation Department, Administration of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. Since 2005 has worked in different positions within the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. The field of study is the national security of Ukraine, reforms within the national defence and security sector, foreign policy of Ukraine, border security in general and integrated border management, gender equality. Has published 15 articles in the sphere of national security of Ukraine in national and international sources.


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