At the regional forum of the National Platform "Women for Peace" held in Pryluky, the women of the Chernihiv region supported the appeal of the National Platform "Women for Peace" to the government and deputies of the Verkhovna Rada with a demand to revise the draft budget for 2018 and to ensure an immediate increase in salaries, assistance and protection of Ukrainian citizens, especially children, mothers and pensioners.
More than 100 women delegates representing all cities and districts of the Chernigov region took part in the Forum. Earlier, the Forums of the National Platform "Women for Peace" had already been held in Kherson, Mykolaiv, Severodonetsk, Kramatorsk, Poltava, Odesa and Kirovohrad (Kropyvnytskyi).
The women of the Chernihiv region were subjected to strict criticism of the government draft of the state budget of Ukraine for 2018, which, according to women, does not reflect the real state of affairs in the country and does not meet the needs of the population – budget revenues and expenditures should be directed primarily at solving social problems and stabilizing the economic situation, and not to maintain bloated bureaucratic apparatus and law enforcement agencies.
The Forum participants gave a harsh and unflattering assessment of the shocking "reforms" imposed on the Ukrainians by the government and voted for them in the parliament by deputies of the pro-government coalition.
"Unfortunately, we did not doubt that the government’s promises to raise pensions, improve the healthcare system and bring the Ukrainian education to new heights would be a fairy tale and frank deception. Unfortunately, the government of Ukraine over the past three years has done everything to its words did not believe. Once we were a prosperous country, but today millions of Ukrainians are doomed by power to poverty, hunger and disease," Maria Shabaltas, the leader of Women for Peace in the Chernihiv region, a deputy of the City Council said.
Participants of the Forum make clear and justified demands on the government and the authorities: the draft budget should provide for an increase in the minimum wage to 5,000 UAH and a minimum pension to 3,500 UAH.
"The government and the Verkhovna Rada deputies have forgotten that their direct duty is to care for every citizen of Ukraine and for the interests of the country. People are tired of political crises, economic shocks, poverty, rising prices and tariffs. We do not see results. Why should we have a government that is not able to provide a decent life for our children?" Nina Andreeva, the head of one of the public organizations of the Chernihiv region said.
"The main thing the country needs today is peace, the cessation of the armed conflict in the east of Ukraine and the creation of conditions for the economic revival of the country. And if the government does not understand this, cannot offer realistic ways to stabilize the situation and the country’s development, if the authorities do not understand how hard it is today to live for people, they must retire. The adoption of the budget for 2018 is a test of professionalism and understanding of its responsibility to the people of Ukraine," Irina Kasyan, Chair of the National Platform "Women for Peace" said.
The forum participants paid special attention to the issues of improving the social protection of childhood and maternity – during the last three years the government deprived children and families with children of almost all types of assistance and benefits. That is why the resolutions adopted by the Women for Peace of the Kirovohrad region require Verkhovna Rada deputies to immediately enact laws aimed at strengthening the social protection of children and motherhood and granting official status, state assistance and protection to children who have suffered from hostilities.
"The peace in Ukraine and the future of the country, the life of our children depends on us today – we no longer have hopes for the common sense and professionalism of the current government. We must be organized and united in our demands – then we will force the government and deputies to hear our demands. Or we will send them to resign to provide our country and its citizens with a normal and dignified life," the leader of the National Platform "Women for Peace", MP Natalia Korolevska, said in her address to the Forum participants.
At present, the National Platform "Women for Peace" has united in its ranks more than 150 thousand women from all regions of Ukraine. The holding of the Women’s Movement Forums is becoming regular, the women of Ukraine are taking an ever more active part in the daily life of the country, in the work of government bodies and local self-government.