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Ukraine (Ukraine)

Ukraine (Ukraine) has a Unicameral parliament with legislated quotas at the sub-national level. 86 of 423 (20%) seats in the Verkhovna Rada / Parliament are held by women.

At a glance

Structure of Parliament: Unicameral

Are there legislated quotas...

  • For the Single/Lower House? No
  • For the Sub-National Level? Yes

Are there voluntary quotas...

  • Adopted by political parties? No

Is there additional information?...

  • Yes

Last updated: May 31, 2022

Single/Lower House

Verkhovna Rada / Parliament

Total seats 423
Total Women 86
% Women 20%
Election Year 2019
Electoral System Parallel
Quota Type No legislated
Election details IDEA Voter Turnout - IPU Parline

Quota at the Sub-National Level

  • Quota type: Legislated Candidate Quotas
  Legal source Details
Quota type: Legislated Candidate Quotas Electoral law

The new Election Law for Local Elections of Ukraine, adopted in 2015, requires parties to ensure nomination of at least 30 % of candidates of each sex in their candidate lists (Law of Ukraine About local elections, Art. 4.3).

Legal sanctions for non-compliance
Rank order/placement rules No data available

Additional Information

"The Local Election Law (of 2015) introduced a gender quota, whereby representation of either sex on the candidate list under the proportional system must be no less than 30%. However, the legal framework failed to provide any sanctions for failure to comply with the quota requirement. On September 23, 2015, the CEC announced that failure to adhere to the gender quota does not constitute grounds for rejection of the party list by the TEC in charge of candidate registration. Although the CEC resolution was challenged in court, the court upheld the CEC decision. In the end, while some political parties did ensure that women made up 30% their party list candidates, most ignored the gender quota provision. According to the Committee of Voters of Ukraine, women, on average, received 18% of seats on city councils of the regional centers and 15% of seats on oblast councils in the local elections." (IFES: 2015: 4)

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