One Must Speak More About Women in Non-Profit Sphere

One Must Speak More About Women in Non-Profit Sphere

Lyubov Glebova presented her speech at the Inclusive Volunteering #INFOCUS conference

On June 12, the strategic session ‘Corporate Volunteering as a Means of Support of Social Activity of a Company’ took place as part of the Inclusive Volunteering #INFOCUS conference held at the United Nations in Geneva. Lyubov Glevoba, Senator of the Federation Council, became the moderator of the meeting. Representatives of the largest business companies of Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, France, and Switzerland took part in the session. They presented the best projects in the field of corporate volunteering. The event also paid much attention to women’s agenda.

Lyubov Glebova - First Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance

Inclusive Volunteering #INFOCUS is the international conference dedicated to volunteering and social innovation. During the meeting, the participants mentioned that new models of corporate volunteering included the maximum usage of productive capacity of enterprises for inclusive and sustainable growth. In this regard, inclusive issues are becoming the focus of the key development agendas of major business companies and are contributing to shifting from short-term material benefits to long-term ones.


The United Nations emphasizes a significant role of business and social entrepreneurs in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN’s largest initiative in corporate social responsibility and sustainable development is titled the United Nations Global Compact. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, personally supervises this field of activity.

During the strategic session, Lyubov Glebova also agreed that business played a significant role in modern world’s development. An increasing number of companies recognise their social responsibility and carry out programmes aimed at supporting certain areas of society.


Oftentimes, it is women who become the initiators and implementers of social projects in companies.

Lyubov Glebova is a coordinator of the ‘Women Volunteers: Partnership for Development’ project, which is carried out within the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum. The main goal of this initiative is contributing to development of women’s volunteering movement and broadcasting information about Russia’s efforts and results of work in this field at international platforms.

According to the Senator, nowadays, it is necessary to demonstrate more women’s activities in non-profit sphere to the global community.


At the close of the strategic session, the initiatives supported by all participants of the platform were prepared. For instance, there was an idea of widespread introduction of new educational programmes and promotion of the existing ones aimed at development of skills and competencies for effective implementation of social projects.

The #INFOCUS conference is an initiative of Russia’s non-profit organisations, which is carried out in partnership with the United Nations.

Eight years of holding the conference resulted in building sustainable partnership contacts of Russia’s non-profit organisations with the UN structures. Moreover, such events expand the opportunities of Russia’s participation in solution of issues of the UN’s agenda, promote Russia’s image in the global community, and develop public diplomacy.


Lyubov Glebova emphasized the importance of work of the platforms helping their participants exchange experience and ideas in the field of social projects, motivate society to act, and become positive role models for people around.

“The state analyses what conditions it is necessary to ensure in order social initiatives could develop and be useful”, she added.

The United Nations Office at Geneva, ‘Notebook of Friendship’ National Association of Educational Development, and ‘Vector of Friendship’ Organisation (with UN consultative status) with information support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation were the organisers of the conference. Janssen, the pharmaceutical division of Johnson & Johnson Russia & CIS, was the official partner of the conference.

Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov