On 2 June 2023, a regular meeting of the Interagency Working Group on Combating Sexual Violence Related to Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine and Assisting Victims was held under the chairmanship of Kateryna Levchenko, Government Commissioner for Gender Policy.
During the meeting, the Final Document on the results of the implementation of the Implementation Plan for the Framework for Cooperation between the Government of Ukraine and the United Nations on Preventing and Responding to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (hereinafter referred to as the CRSV) was presented.
In general, the results of the work of the IWG and its subgroups over the year since its establishment were summarised and work plans for each of the subgroups for 2023 were discussed and agreed upon.
As part of the discussions, the members of the interagency working group expressed their views on the idea and concept of creating the 6th subgroup of the IWG “Training of Specialists”, which will aim to unify and systematise training programmes, methodological materials and developments for conducting trainings and seminars on preventing and responding to cases of conflict-related sexual violence and providing assistance to victims.
The Director of the High School, Yuliia Likhach, noted that this format of cooperation between all stakeholders will facilitate better coordination in organising and conducting trainings on responding to cases of CRSV, coordinating them and ensuring a holistic approach. The establishment of the 6th subgroup was unanimously supported by all members of the interagency working group. The High School of Public Governance will become one of the coordinators of the subgroup.