On October 31, a presentation of the first in Ukraine glossary of feminitives for press officers of the territorial departments of the SESU was held in Kyiv City. The First Deputy Head of the SESU Oleh Melchutskyi, Governmental Commissioner for Gender Policy Kateryna Levchenko, Head of the NGO Women's Information and Advisory Center expert on gender issues Olena Suslova and author of the glossary - the worker of the SESU Halyna Plachynda took part in the event.
Oleh Melchutskyi thanked everyone who contributed to the creation and publication of this glossary. “Today's event, I believe, is another solid step on the way to increasing the opportunities of women-rescuers in Ukraine”, - he said.
At the same time, Kateryna Levchenko noted that, as a rule, according to the modern standards of language, the positions that occupy female representatives have male names. “This is the legacy that has survived since the Soviet past. Today, the development of feminitives makes it possible to visualize the participation of women in our social life. As a government official, I very much welcome the activities of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine”, - said Mrs. Kateryna.
Olena Suslova noted that the NGO she headed with pleasure supported the initiative to develop a glossary of feminitives. Turning to the audience, she quoted the words of famous American anthropology Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has”.
In turn, the author of the glossary Halyna Plachynda noted that today there is no academic glossary of feminitives in Ukraine, although talks about the need for such a publication have been conducted for a long time. “Our Glossary is only the first, timid attempt to declare that the feminitives are inhered to Ukrainian language and Ukrainians in general. After all, in 1920-1930, Ukrainian scholars Krymskyi, Yavornytskyi and others included feminitives in dictionaries organized by them”, - she said.
The glossary was prepared within the framework of the Project "Strengthening the capacity of women's NGOs to advocate and lobby for the inclusion of an anti-discriminatory approach to security sector reform", which is being implemented by the NGO Women's Information and Advisory Center with the support of the Accounting Fund of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.