On Increasing Role of Women in the World
Women are half of the population of the world
“What is the role of women-parliamentarians in solving political, social and economic problems?” – that question was asked on the press-conference which was held in the Tauride Palace in St. Petersburg as a part of 137th IPU Assembly on October 13.
This event was held on October 14-18. 2000 delegates from more than 150 Parliaments of the world took part in it. Saber Chowdhury, President of the IPU, Valentina Matvienko, Chairperson of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, and Martin Chungong, Secretary General of the IPU, were the speakers on this conference. The meeting of women-parliamentarian was scheduled for the next day. That is why reporters of the news agency of Eurasian Women’s Community asked speakers about participation of women in political life in their countries and got complete and detailed answers.
“The role of women in the world is as much important as much you can imagine that. Women are half of the population of the world. How can one half develop ignoring opinion of the other?”, said Saber Chowdhury. He also mentioned that IPU has always struggled for women’s rights. Today we have a programme Every woman, Every Child. This initiative is aimed at solving problems in the sphere of health, provide safety for women and involve them into social and political life of their countries.
The union also corrects its own rules: now every delegation must have at least one woman-member or delegation loses one vote during general voting. “However, don’t think that we protect only women’s rights. We strive for inspiring both men and women to participate in political life of the countries”, said Saber. He also drew attention to the fact that women are more than 50% of Assembly’s speakers. And one of them was Valentina Matvienko.
She said that more and more women appear on hot seats not only in politics but also in business, banks and sphere of healthcare. According to the speaker, it happens because only women can bring the humanity so needed by society in some spheres. Valentina also argued against artificial measures for gender equality. “Every state should create conditions for women to have a choice: to dedicate their lives to their families or combine job with family cares” considers chairperson of the Federal Council. According to her, the situation in the world changes to the better now: women stand for their rights with the help of laws in different countries. The president of Russia has ordered to work a National Strategy of Actions for Women’s Interests. “Realising of this strategy will greatly improve the situation in Russia”, promised Valentina.
There is one more achievement of our country – we arranged and held the Eurasian Women’s Forum. The speaker mentioned that the first forum was held in 2015 in St. Petersburg and gave an impetus for women’s movement in Russia. The movement achieved good results: about 2500 women’s organizations united, there were meetings with women from different professional spheres and so on.
In conclusion, Valentina Matvienko thanked the President and Secretary General of the IPU for their supporting of improving women’s conditions all over the world.
Yekaterina Kudryavtseva, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Yan Zarubin