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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ukraine Is Accused of Being Sexist

KIEV -- New York-based Human Rights Watch released a 52-page report Wednesday chastising Ukrainian officials for being complicit in widespread employer discrimination against women.

The report said qualified women jobseekers are being closed out of Ukraine's tight job market because public and private sector employers regularly specify gender in advertising and interviewing, list age and appearance requirements, and use information on a woman's family circumstances to determine her desirability as an employee.

"The job market in Ukraine reflects some highly archaic stereotypes about women's capabilities," said LaShawn Jefferson, executive director of the group's Women's Rights Division.

The report accused Ukraine's government of "routinely denying" that gender discrimination is a problem and of contributing to its continuation by practicing objectionable recruitment techniques and failing to enforce legal protections already on the books.

Ukraine's Labor Ministry and the State Labor Protection Committee had no immediate comment.