Galina Karelova on Women’s Agenda at SPIEF

Galina Karelova on Women’s Agenda at SPIEF

Expansion of women’s economic activities in focus of discussion in Saint Petersburg

According to Galina Karelova, Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council, in modern world, which is rapidly changing, women start playing an increasingly significant role in addressing of the most important socio-economic and humanitarian problems. She emphasized that the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum was paying more and more attention to women’s agenda every year. The Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council took part in a series of discussions held within the event.

Development of women’s entrepreneurship contributes to overcoming poverty, creation of new jobs, and decreasing unemployment. At the same time, major companies with active women’s participation in decision-making achieve better financial results.

“Promotion of women’s economic activity is justly on the list of the most relevant topics. The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum proved that once again”, noted Galina Karelova.

During the session titled ‘Women Executives in Building Successful Business Models’, the Deputy Chairperson shared that the Federation Council paid special attention to development of women’s agenda. For instance, on the basis of the results of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum, a constantly functioning institution, the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum, was established at the upper house of the Federal Assembly of Russia. It has already established itself as a unique platform for project implementation in Russia and at international level.  

The Council conducts systemic work on women’s economic empowerment and promotion of women’s leadership, implements programmes on provision of women with access to information, education, finance, markets, and develops corporate social responsibility projects.

Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO, Gulnaz Kadyrova, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Renee Jones-Bos, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Russia, Irina Gaida, partner of PwC Strategy& Russia, Nadiya Cherkasova, Deputy President – Chairperson of the Board of the Otkritie Bank, and other experts also took part in the discussion. During the meeting, they shared their professional experience and told about international programmes on women’s empowerment.


Women’s agenda also found its reflection in the topic of the ‘Equal Opportunities in the Digital Age’ session.

Željka Cvijanović, President of Republika Srpska, Marina Rakova, Deputy Minister of Education of the Russian Federation, Iris Dzeba, Director General of IBM in Russia and the CIS, and Svetlana Lukash, Deputy Chief of Presidential Experts' Directorate took part in the discussion.

According to Galina Karelova, digital economy provides women with new challenges. Requirements to educational process and professional skills that must correspond to the modern digital standards are changing today.

“Today, people talk much about the transition to digital economy and prospects that it gives. They include universal access to information, opportunity to work remotely, and development of new electronic services. All that transforms social entrepreneurship, gives additional benefits in the context of a new technological order”, believes the Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council.

For the first time within SPIEF, the Innosocium LAB conducted the on-site meeting of the Eurasian Women’s Forum.

Participants of the EWF and its friends attended the event. The event hosted a presentation of new projects and gave a start to annual contest on development of women’s leadership among governmental and non-profit organisations. The meeting resulted in signing an agreement on cooperation between the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum and the Innosocium Foundation on joint development of projects.

Source: Press Service of the Federation Council

Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov