Women's Issues

March 18, 2024
Photo of the meeting

On March 18, commencing at 5:45 p.m. (local time; March 19, 6:45 a.m. JST) for approximately 20 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting New York, U.S. to participate in the Ministerial Meeting of United Nations Security Council (UNSC), held a meeting with Dr. Kateryna, Levchenko, Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy of Ukraine, who is visiting New York, U.S. to participate in the Commission on the States of Women, and Mr. Sergiy Kiyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the beginning, Minister Kamikawa introduced her experience of working with her fellow parliamentarians to support Ukraine since even before she became Foreign Minister, explaining her own visit to Ukraine in January of this year, her hosting of the WPS session at the Japan-Ukraine Conference for Promotion of Economic Growth and expressed her strong will to support the “reintegration” of the separated families, communities and the people of Ukraine.
  2. Next, Ms. Levchenko, Commissioner for Gender Policy, emphasized that the WPS perspective promoted by Minister Kamikawa is extremely important in the current situation in Ukraine, and introduced the establishment of an inter-agency coordinating platform in the government for gender mainstreaming. She also expressed her deep appreciation for Japan's support to the country, including its response to sexual violence in conflict situations.
  3. Mr. Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, introduced himself saying that he has been in the position since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, spoke highly of the strong presence that Japan has shown in the Security Council and expressed his appreciation for Japan's continued leadership in supporting Ukraine as a whole international community.
  4. The two sides confirmed that they would continue to work closely together in the recovery and reconstruction of Ukraine, making the most use of their embassies as well.

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