In a roundtable convened in Kyiv by Equal Rights Trust and Nash Mir in March 2015, representatives of the gay, transgender and Christian Orthodox communities worked together to advocate equal rights in UkraineSince the adoption of the Law on the Principles of Prevention and Combating Discrimination in 2012, Ukraine has undergone rapid legal reform on equality. The Equal Rights Trust played a central role in supporting civil society to engage in the reform of the 2012 Law, helping to ensure that amendments to the Law in 2014 reflected international standards as closely as possible. With our support, civil society campaigned for further legal reforms, and in 2015, the government legislated to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation for the first time. 

Our work to date has included:

  • Successfully engaging the government and UN treaty bodies on the need for amendments to Ukraine’s anti-discrimination law to bring it into line with international standards; 
  • Launching In the Crosscurrents: Addressing Discrimination and Inequality in Ukraine, the first comprehensive report on equality and non-discrimination in the country’s history;
  • Training more than 100 government officials, lawyers, UN agency staff and civil society activists on international best practice in equality law.
  • Supporting the civil society Coalition on Combating Discrimination, providing practical and strategic support as it pressed for legal reforms.