Second Eurasian Women’s Forum Ended With New Plans

Second Eurasian Women’s Forum Ended With New Plans

The EFW became an efficient tool for women empowerment.

Plenary meeting of the last day of the Second EFW showed that constant attention of the state to the sphere of social support and creation of conditions for realising women’s potential leads to their political, economic, and social empowerment. Broad representation of successful and demanded women in different spheres of activity proved that.

Thus, according to Tatyana Golikova, Deputy Head of the Russian Government, women are leaders among high-level specialists in the most important spheres: 83.3% in the education system and 65.9% in the sphere of healthcare. Deputy Prime Minister shared about directions of government’s measures aimed at women legal, economic, and social empowerment. 

12 priority national projects are to be launched next year. Two of them directly relate to women’s interests. 

1.7 trillion rubles will be spent on Demography programme, so birth of a baby wouldn’t mean end of a career. Moreover, 1 trillion rubles will be spent on financing maternity capital in 2019-2021. Besides, national project Education presupposes supporting women in professional growth. Leaders of Russia staff project will allow to identify and support promising leaders including women.

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Svetlana Lukash, representative of Russia in W20, thinks that women must have equal salaries, access to digital and financial literacy, and participation in decision-making in order to overcome barriers that often prevent active women from launching their own business. 

The World Bank and W20 are ready to support promotion of women’s agenda in economy. 

The cooperation between W20 and EFW will continue in 2019 chaired by Japan.

Natalya Komarova, governor of Yugra, told about Female Governors: Strategy for Regional Performance and Growth, international debate club within framework of the Second EFW. She suggested creating Eurasian Union of Women – regional leaders. Valentina Matvienko, Chairperson of the Federation Council, suggested one more thing: to analyse during regular forums what is the feedback previously worked out recommendations. According to the senator, close of the Second EWF doesn’t mean work stoppage of the forum’s official website. 

Eurasian Women’s Community web portal will allow women to communicate continuously, share experience. It will also continue publishing relevant information and women’s success stories. 

Eurasian Women’s Forum organised by the Federation Council is the biggest international platform aimed at development of cooperation between women-leaders from different countries in order to reach global equality and strengthen mutual understanding in the topic of peacekeeping. 

Tina Stankevich, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community

Translated by Yan Zarubin