Global Initiatives in Women’s Interests

Global Initiatives in Women’s Interests

An open debate took place at the Second EWF 

An open debate titled ‘Global Initiatives in Women’s Interests’ took place as part of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum. Participants discussed the efficiency and role of global initiatives in addressing gender equality issues in politics and economy, obstacles and opportunities for women’s career growth in politics, and women’s equal participation in all fields of life. 

Politicians, representatives of international organisations, leading Russian and international corporations, and social institutes took part in the event. Svetlana Chupsheva, Director General of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, was the moderator of the debate. 

Lynne Sherburne-Benz, Sector Manager on Social Protection of the World Bank in Africa Region from the USA, mentioned that the organisation she represented paid much attention to substantial support of women and creation of conditions for fulfilment of their potential. 

Today, it is important that women have the opportunity to grow professionally. Flexible working hours, access to education, the existence of paternity leave, and other factors can help them in that. 

The World Bank also implements a major project aimed at preserving human capital, i.e. reducing mortality, improving public health, and increasing life expectancy.

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Clivia Koch, President of the Swiss Association of Business Women, shared that her country had one of the highest percentage shares in terms of women’s inclusion in economy. Many women in Switzerland start their businesses and develop in entrepreneurship. The Swiss Association of Business Women helps them assert themselves in the labour market. 

Myonghee Kim, Executive Director of Asia Pacific Women's Information Network Centre from South Korea, believes that women leaders must be spiritually strong and confident but never forget about nature-given female traits: sensitivity, attentiveness to the world around, and non-indifference. 

Caroline Codsi, President and Founder of Women in Governance in Canada, emphasized the necessity to develop legislative initiatives supporting women in her country. She took Nordic countries as an example of states having employment quotas for women. 

It is interesting that women take 80% of decisions in Canada. At the same time, they are poorly represented on boards. 

The speaker believes that attracting women to those positions will contribute to development of separate companies and the country’s economy in general. 

A participant from Bahrain mentioned the share of women in the labour market in her country had recently increased from 4% to 32%. Many of them choose entrepreneurship. At the same time, women possess access to education and consulting in the field and thus have opportunities to develop. The speaker added that the level of participation of women in the government structures had increased by 22%. 

Natalia Komarova, Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Yugra, shared about the situation in Russia, particularly in her region. 

The speaker reminded that the National Strategy for Women up to 2022 identified the 75% of employment of women as one of its goals. 

The Governor told about a social project being implemented in her region. The project presupposes creation of a navigator for young mothers accumulating the programmes of advanced training that also helps receive retraining and find a remote job. 

Gülden Türktan, Founding President of W20, believes that it is necessary to increase the transparency today. It is important to speak more about women’s activities and success, provide them with a larger variety of opportunities to exchange experience. This will accelerate the solution of many of global problems. 

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

Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov