Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Taylor at the Second Annual Ukrainian Association of Women in Law Enforcement Conference

December 3, 2019

Duzhe dyakuyu.  Dobryi den.  [Thank you.  Good day.]  So I’m very pleased to represent the United States at this conference dedicated to the women in law enforcement.  We’re very pleased to join our Canadian, United Nations, other colleagues in all the work that the Ministry of Interior is doing in this area.  We’re very pleased to be partners with you.  And we want to continue that partnership over time.

What you do is very important.  It’s important for the effectiveness of the law enforcement forces across the country.  It’s important that women be there, that men be there, doing their jobs.  It’s important that all the people of Ukraine see that there are people like them in law enforcement.  People like them who are in patrol cars, people like them who are walking the streets.  It’s very important for that effectiveness of that force.  So we’re very pleased to see the progress on that.

I understand that 55 percent of the applicants for the new Border Guard program are women.  This demonstrates that the time is coming when gender equality will be there.  This demonstrates that the time is coming when the people will be able to see women enforcing the law and being partners with the people on providing rule of law.

So this is a great opportunity for you; this conference is a good demonstration of the progress that is coming, has come, will come.  And we are very proud to be part of that.  Thank you very much for having us here.