On 12 December Russian Women’s Union held the Sixth Concluding Conference. Representatives of organisation’s regional departments and female councils from over 80 constituent entities of Russia participated in the meeting. In the framework of the meeting participants summarised the interim results and identified strategic objectives of the Union for the next 5 years. 

One of the main points of the Conference was enacting message of support for Vladimir Putin as a candidate for 2018 presidency. Yekaterina Lakhova, Chairperson of Russian Women’s Union highlighted, it is essential for the Union to participate actively in the election campaign and political events influencing the future of Russia. Alongside with that, some representatives expressed their willingness to participate in the upcoming elections as observers in their regions. 


Mrs. Lakhova explained why the RWU supports Vladimir Putin. Many of organisation’s lines of actions often reflect in president’s reports. For example, both the RWU and Mr. Putin pay a lot of attention to the spirit of the society. They understand that strong spirit will contribute to Russia’s social and economic development. 

According to the RWU representatives, Vladimir Putin managed to give deeper significance to the notion of patriotism, restore Russians’ faith in the country, respect for its history, traditions, and culture. Alongside with that, he understands the importance of continuity of generations and collaboration of senior citizens, adults and youth. 

Yekaterina Lakhova said, that one of the main fields of concern of United Russia is supporting elderly population. The RWU works in the same direction. That also speaks for the common ground of the RWU and the President of Russia. 

The same measures concern different strata of society. Thus, Mr. Putin widely addresses issues of children, youth, the disadvantaged, rural people, scientists, women, etc. It is important, that by his order the government of Russia enacted National Strategy for Women 2017-2022. Moreover, there are many implemented programmes supporting institutions of maternity, family, childhood, women in business, in politics, in social sphere, etc. 

Representatives of the RWU highlighted, that Vladimir Putin, being the President of Russia, adopted a series of strategically important decisions aimed at preserving the nation, increasing the human capital as the main treasure of Russia, and increasing quality of life. The main notion of his politics is the notion of a person. His actions support citizens, families, society, and nation. 

Concluding the message of support, speaker said, that “Russian Women’s Union in accord with its supporters trusts Vladimir Putin and assures he will meet support with Russian women as a wise leader, a great politician, and a decisive strategist. When women tackle the problem, they act firmly. Their patriotism and pride for the united multinational country let them create the future”. 

Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community

Translated by Nikolay Boykov