On 30 November, Valentina Matvienko during her working trip to Tver, Russia met women leaders, small and medium business representatives, and NGOs residents. The speaker highlighted, that such events help with better understanding of necessities of the provinces’ citizens and the authorities’ activity on raising of living standards. 

The demographical problems of Russia were discussed within the meeting. According to Mrs. Matvienko, it is essential to join federal and local forces to solve the issue. Alongside with that, Valentina said, that the project called the Decade of Childhood would be implemented in 2018. It will support the institutions of family, maternity and childhood. Valentina Matvienko considers collaboration of all levels of authority with NGOs, including women’s ones, necessary to solve tasks at hand. 

In her report, the Chairperson of the Federation Council mentioned, that Russia is among the countries with the highest number of women CEOs. In general, women’s agenda in Russia is actively developing. The First Eurasian Women’s Forum pushed its development greatly. It helped identifying the exact measures for empowering women and sources of national support. One of the Forum’s essential results was certifying the National Strategy for Women 2017-2022. Mrs. Matvienko called it the road map for women’s empowerment. 

Moreover, the speaker highlighted that the Eurasian Women’s Forum is not just a time-limited event. Thus, the EWF working group is permanently working on the development of different lines of action. For instance, the Eurasian Women’s Community portal was created as a part of one of them, including the Register of Russian Women’s Organisation. 

The arrangement of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum, which will take place in St. Petersburg on 20-21 September 2018, is in its active stage. During her meeting with women leaders, Valentina Matvienko invited Tver representatives to participate in the upcoming Forum. 

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

Translated by Nikolay Boykov