The reconstruction of Ukraine must take into account human diversity — human rights defender Yuliya Sachuk
The reconstruction of Ukraine should take place with an emphasis on human diversity and human rights. It was emphasized by Yuliya Sachuk, head of the Fight For Right organization, during the presentation of the country’s recovery plan in Lugano, Switzerland.
High-ranking officials and representatives of more than 40 states and more than 20 international organizations participated in the forum.
The Fight For Right team also took part in the development of the recovery plan for Ukraine. In particular, Yulia Sachuk emphasized:
“We are convinced that reconstruction includes many different steps. There is the physical dimension of reconstruction, there is the issue of integration with the EU, which, given the candidacy, is already much closer, and there is the issue of complex and much-needed reforms that will make Ukraine a modern and, we would like to hope, an inclusive country where human rights protection mechanisms work “.
Yuliya Sachuk also draws attention to the fact that the community of people with disabilities is diverse, in particular, they are women, men, people of different ages and financial statuses, of different ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities.
“In the documents of the Lugano conference, there are many repetitions about inclusiveness, but currently there is very little about human rights at all three stages of reconstruction: here and now, in the process of integration and the future modernization of Ukraine. The issue of disability, like other “vulnerable groups”, did not become through the language of human rights, and instead included in a separate section “social issues”, says the head of the organization and adds:
“The phenomena of “inclusion”, “diversity”, “participation and inclusion” are best manifested not on paper but in actions. Therefore, we want high-quality inclusion of communities in decision-making processes and human rights agendas – in all blocks of issues, and not only in the social sphere. We don’t need benefits, not medical assistance, not separate education – we need equal rights and the opportunity to realize and protect them.”
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