First Session of the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum
A new expert body has been formed on the basis of the Federation Council
The first session of the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum under the Federation Council took place in Moscow on December 25. Creation of a new body was preceded by large efforts of the Working Group. At its initiative, a whole series of big projects aimed at empowering women in all spheres of activity has been launched. Many of those initiatives will be developed on the Council of the EWF’s platform.
Valentina Matvienko, Chairperson of the Federation Council, shared that the idea of creating permanently acting expert advisory body was born after successful closure of the forum when the Working Group faced new global goals.
“The Council will become a unique presentation platform for exchanging experience and promotion of women’s initiatives, projects, and programmes at the international, federal, and regional levels”, mentioned the Chairperson.
Valentina Matvienko stressed that the continuation of discussion of women’s agenda is also due to goals set in the May Presidential Decree. According to her, the measures for empowering women are already developed and put into almost every national project.
The new expert body will become a place for not only informative creative discussions and development of new initiatives but also achieving concrete results.
Galina Karelova, Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council will head the new Council. According to Valentina Matvienko, she has a huge experience and professionalism that will allow realising all the goals set and develop new creative ideas how to promote women’s agenda.
During meeting, Galina Karelova told about three main directions of activity of the Council.
One of them is related to further development of international cooperation and realisation of joint projects at the big international platforms. For example, an active cooperation with UNIDO is planned. The programme for improvement of women’s financial literacy is already being realised together with the World Bank.
The second sphere of activity will be participation in realisation of the National Strategy for Women. All main directions of that document are considered in Council’s plans. Much attention will be paid to creating conditions for keeping women of all ages healthy, improving their economic status, and increasing women’s inclusion into social and political life.
Another direction will be related to project work of the Council. Participants of the Second EWF have already initiated 20 new projects. Some of them were presented within the framework of the previous meeting. Women in Digital Economy. STEM Project, Women for Sustainable Industrial Development, Women’s Cooperation in the World Trade, Female Volunteers: Partnership for Growth, Women of Russia: Place and Role in the Social and Economic Development, and Eurasian Women’s Community Web Portal were among them.
The Council includes experts in different spheres that are experienced, creative, and active people. They are members of the Federation Council, State Duma deputies, and representatives of the federal ministries and departments, non-commercial organisations, and business structures.
Galina Karelova mentioned that the Council includes men as well as women.
Anna Repina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Yan Zarubin