First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska gave an interview to NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation. The President’s wife spoke about barrier-free projects that will be implemented during the reconstruction of Ukraine.
Olena Zelenska recalled that even before the Russian invasion, powerful initiatives to create a barrier-free environment and a society of equal opportunities were launched in the country.
In particular, the President signed the Decree “On ensuring the creation of a barrier-free space in Ukraine”, the National strategy for barrier-free environment was adopted – standards of equal opportunities for all population groups. Ukraine introduced paternity leave for dads so that both parents have equal opportunities to care for children and work, the wage gap between women and men was reduced by 3%. Under the patronage of the First Lady, the Barrier-Free Solutions Album was created – a guide to city planning friendly to all population groups.
Olena Zelenska emphasized that after the Russian invasion, these projects become even more important, as the Russian invaders traumatize Ukrainians physically and psychologically every day.
“Ukraine should become the most comfortable place in the world for its people who have experienced and are experiencing so much. Every street, every building should be convenient for citizens of any physical condition and age. This is an ambitious goal and a new challenge for our barrier-free projects. A chance to remove a barrier that prevents a person from living, be it physical or psychological barrier. Get the war out of the way. Forever,” the First Lady emphasized.