Council of Europe and Russia: Acting for Women’s Benefit
Launching large-scale joint project
On January 29, the joint project ‘Co-operation on the Implementation of the Russian Federation National Action Strategy for Women (2017–2022)’ was launched. The Council of Europe, the Russian Federation Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation are carrying it out.
The project focuses on preventing social distress of women and violence against them alongside increasing women’s participation in social and political life. In conjunction with the Council of Europe, a wide range of measures is planned to be taken. They will promote enhancing knowledge and practical skills of relevant institutions for the sake of empowering women and protecting their interests.
Alexey Vovchenko, the First Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Russian Federation, made his speech throughout the launching ceremony. He mentioned Russia had consulted the Council of Europe while developing the National Strategy for Women. Besides, actualisation of the project includes cooperation with the organisation.
Today, our main objectives are exchanging expert opinions, educating authorised individuals in the sphere of women’s rights protection, and drafting laws on preventing violence against women.
Tatiana Moskalkova, the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the Russian Federation, said: “This is a historic moment. We are launching the new project for peace, prosperity, and promotion of our ideas and aspirations. In these difficult times, when conflicts between nations become globally dangerous, our project is essential both in humanitarian and peacekeeping way.” According to her, the project will open the doors for women while establishing the new system of measures and tools for protecting their rights.
“Now women have a very important role in ensuring global progress and sustainable development. Russia’s cooperation with the Council of Europe will help us consolidate that trend”, added the High Commissioner.
Verena Taylor, Director of the Office of the Council of Europe Directorate General of Programmes, Claudia Luciani, Director of Human Dignity, Equality and Governance, Mara Marinaki, European Union Ambassador, and Andrey Kelin, Director of the Department of European Co-operation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation, also highlighted the great importance of collaboration and the necessity of exchanging best practices of protecting women’s rights.
The second part of the launching event featured the workshop called ‘Violence against women: causes, prevention and ways of overcoming’. The experts discussed Russian practices and European views of the problem. The representatives of the Council of Europe shared about the tools the organisation uses.
Anna Repina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Boykov