Discussing Women’s Role in Economy in Pskov

Discussing Women’s Role in Economy in Pskov

In the run-up to the International Hanseatic Days of New Time

Pskov hosted an international scientific and practical conference titled ‘Northern Europe, Pskov and the Hanseatic League: Past and Present’. The event also included a discussion dedicated to the role of women in the Hanseatic League of New Time. Elena Bibikova, Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy, became the moderator of the meeting. She emphasized that the event was held within the preparation for the 39th International Hanseatic Days of New Time.

Elena Bibikova - Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy, Senator from Pskov Oblast

Hansa is a major political and commercial union of trading cities of Northwest Europe that originated in the 12th century and existed for about 5 centuries. Over this time, 130 cities were included in the Hanseatic register. About 3000 human settlements were under the influence of the union. The Hanseatic League of New Time appeared in 1980. The new union included Russian cities: Belozersk, Veliky Novgorod, Ivangorod, Kaliningrad, Kingisepp, Pskov, Smolensk, Tver, Tikhvin, Torzhor, Totma, and Vologda.


Today, the Hanseatic League is the largest social community in Europe that reaches over 20 million people representing different cities, countries, cultures, and traditions.

Each year one of the member cities of the New Hansa hosts the Hanseatic Days of New Time international festival. In June 2019, the city of Pskov will host guests of the festival.

At the time of the first Hanseatic League, women weren’t empowered enough to take part in politics and economy. However, by the moment of establishment of the New Hansa in 1980, there was a significant breakthrough in terms of women’s status.


Participants of the discussion paid special attention to the role of women in economy and politics in the modern society within the meeting in Pskov.

“In the 21st century, women have proven to be not only mothers and homemakers but also successful entrepreneurs, managers, and public officials. Today, women in Russia and other countries increasingly often occupy leadership positions in the leading branches of social development and achieve professional success in politics, economy, science, and culture”, believes Elena Bibikova.

The Senator thinks that it is necessary for contemporary women to be socially active and contribute to development of their cities, regions, and countries. Thus, women will not only create favourable conditions for their children’s lives but also become role models for the rising generation.

“Well-being of countries and the world depends on successful solution of political, economic, and social problems. Modern women can’t stay on the sidelines”, she emphasized.

The meeting of women was aimed at development of ideas and tasks formulated at the Eurasian Women’s Forum. The participants discussed issues related to improvement of conditions for women’s leadership development in the Hanseatic cities and women’s motivation to self-fulfilment.

A multipolar world is being established today. That is why people’s demand for humanisation of international relations is extremely relevant nowadays.

“The task of the Eurasian Women’s Forum is to unite women for realisation of global trends. By forming the environment of mutual understanding and confidence, women contribute to a constructive dialogue between nations, religions, and cultures”, emphasizes Elena Bibikova.  

At the panel discussion, the participants also talked about the development of tourism in bordering countries and expansion of international relations. The discussion paid special attention to the topic of ensuring necessary conditions for women’s entrepreneurial development was.

The event’s participants were women ready to share their experience and knowledge in addressing social and economic issues and humanitarian problems and give a new impetus to effective development of women’s leadership. They included Members of the Federation Council Yekaterina Lakhova and Olga Starostina, Executive Director of the National Training Foundation, Yekaterina Weber, Director for Master in Public Strategy programme of the Institute of Social Strategy at SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management, and other guests from Russia’s regions and abroad.

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Anna Repina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community

Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov