Ukrainian barometer on discrimination: New methodology developed by the Ombudsperson and civil society

With UNDP support, the Ombudsperson's Office and civil society developed a new methodology and a pilot report to monitor discrimination levels in Ukraine and identify possible remedies to observe basic non-discrimination principles.

15036618 1312775675410103 2947434194224406629 nThe methodology equips the Ombudsperson's Office and civil society with tools to monitor tolerance and prejudice in society, perception of discrimination, discriminatory practices, and the effectiveness of solutions to protect against discrimination.

A pilot survey was carried out by the Institute of Applied Humanitarian Research in Kharkiv oblast between 11 April and 11 May 2016. Some 127 respondents from different social and demographic groups were interviewed face-to-face on how prejudiced are Ukrainians.

As it turns out, if a person is seeking a job in Kharkiv oblast, she/he is 14.1% likely to experience discrimination during an interview. A person may be disqualified based on a disability (22%), gender (10.5%), where she/he lives (6.5%), or how old she/he is (2.6%).

The social circles of people in Kharkiv oblast are diverse. Respondents have friends or acquaintances that belong to groups at risk of discrimination, namely 50% from different ethnic groups, 34% with different beliefs, and only 3.9% belonging to LGBT community.

14962647 1312775632076774 653257802052370074 nThe Barometer has also identified how people were comfortable with the possibility of electing someone as President from a group at risk of discrimination. The proportions of respondents vary from 77% for a woman to 7,8% for LGBT.

Discrimination on the grounds of age (being over 50 years old) continues to be regarded as the most widespread form of discrimination in Kharkiv region (45.8%), followed by discrimination based on disability (40%), ethnic origin (30.5%), and sexual orientation (36.7%).

Key findings of the pilot study in Kharkiv oblast was launched in Kyiv on 9 November 2016 to human right experts.