USAID RADA Program trainers attended a training on gender-sensitive analysis of legislation.
During the training, they discussed in detail Ukraine’s international and domestic obligations on gender equality and familiarized themselves with the methodology of ex-ante gender impact assessment and relevant best practices.
The participants were told what data is used for the relevant analysis of draft laws and learned about the methods for collecting such data.
A separate block of issues was related to the formulation of recommendations for improving legislation and developing provisions on monitoring.
During the sessions, the participants discussed gender inequality issues and stereotypes in society and also found out how they relate to the legislation. They identified issues to consider when analyzing bills, revealed the key barriers to analysis and proposed ways to address them. Moreover, they prepared a checklist of issues for gender-sensitive analysis and singled out the main points to pay attention to.
The training was supported by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.
As early as the beginning of April, the RADA Program will conduct a pilot training on this subject.
The sessions took place on March 27-30.
A Strategic Session Was Held on the Creation of the Parliamentary Research Service within the Structure of the Verkhovna Rada Secretariat
31/03/2021 – 15:30
A strategic session was held on the creation of the parliamentary research service within the structure of the Secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine “Types of Information Products of the Research Service.”
Andriy Melnychuk expressed gratitude for the systematic approach to conducting strategic sessions that will contribute to the creation and development of the parliamentary research service. He stressed that during the discussion it is advisable to pay attention and consider in greater detail the possible scenarios and alternatives for building a research service at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
Ihor Kohut, RADA Program Director, emphasized that at present there is a huge bulk of information that in some or other way puts pressure on Ukrainian parliamentarians in the decision-making process. “The experience of the world’s leading parliaments shows that research services are in fact created to ensure informed and independent decision-making by MPs as they vote. They are created to very quickly help parliamentarians to grasp a huge amount of information.”
Olena Moshenets, MP of Ukraine, Deputy Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Anti-Corruption Policy, thanked the team of the Information and Research Center for fruitful cooperation and information support for the MPs of Ukraine. “I am one of the most active users of the IRC's work and I have already ordered more than 20 studies on various topics which formed the foundation for certain draft laws, amendments as well as analytical reports. Therefore, I fully support the necessity for the IRC at the Verkhovna Rada as a highly important instrument. And we have already taken the first steps – the Draft Law “On Parliamentary Service” was adopted in the first reading and this will be the basis for such institution to develop and provide help to the parliamentarians.”
Volodymyr Kabachenko, MP of Ukraine, Secretary of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Anti-Corruption Policy, noted that today 80% of the bills that become laws are nevertheless returned to the parliament to be amended. And so, the quality of the Ukrainian parliament’s legislative activity must change. And help in this respect can come to the deputies precisely from the IRC. “Our Committee has already used the products of IRC analysts in drafting bills on whistleblowers, on commissioners for anti-corruption programs at state-owned enterprises, and on the circulation of medical cannabis in Ukraine. As we receive analytics from the IRC on best international practices regarding a particular issue, we can already filter out those legislative initiatives that do not correspond to the global trend. I want so much to see a full-fledged parliamentary research service created at the Secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine – on the basis of which we will receive information references and analytics and in our turn carry out effective legislative activity.”
Natalia Hnydiuk, the RADA Program’s Strategic Adviser, presented the main types of information products that the VRU parliamentary research service will be able to prepare in the future. “When modeling a possible parliamentary research service for the Secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine as a structural unit within the information department, the RADA Program experts were guided by the practice of the Information Research Center (PRS prototype) and international best practices. Therefore, two directions of PRS information products were identified – those to be prepared at MPs’ requests (for example information references) and proactive products (for example infobriefs).
Dan Hull, Senior Research Officer at Northern Ireland Assembly, expert at the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, presented an overview of research and information products as well as their use in the Northern Ireland Assembly. The expert spoke about the contribution of information products to the work of the Assembly, namely, assistance in legislative research, a particular MP’s contribution to the development of legislation, information support to MPs during plenary debates and questions to ministers, etc.
The event took place on March 26, 2021.