Women for Sustainable Industrial Development

Women for Sustainable Industrial Development

New project of the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum 

Several projects initiated by the members of the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum were presented within the first session of the Council. Ms. Gulnaz Kadyrova, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, told about the project titled ‘Women for Sustainable Industrial Development’ offered to be implemented within the preparation of the Third Eurasian Women’s Forum. 

The main goal of the project is to increase the share of women taking part in sustainable industrial development. 

Several tasks are to be addressed in order to achieve the goal. They include attracting women to jobs related to industrial branches and sharing the experience of women’s participation in fulfilment of industrial projects at regional level. In addition, today it is important to increase the number of women-led projects. 

‘Women for Sustainable Industrial Development’ is an initiative that will result in the increase in the share of women having undergone occupational training in industrial branches, employed in manufacturing and participants, awardees, and winners of the WorldSkills Hi-Tech national championship.

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Gulnaz Kadyrova expressed her hope that the project would help increase the Women Business Index (WBI). 

The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation jointly with industrial holdings and major enterprises plans to arrange work on identifying the occupations that would be most demanded for women. 

The assessment of women’s employment rate in industrial organisations will be conducted. The list of competencies for attracting women to WorldSkills championship will be formed. An initiative in the field of sustainable industrialisation and green technologies, digitalisation of industry, and development of online trade platforms will be implemented. The projects on technical cooperation in the field of creative industries including traditional artistic crafts and tourism services will be put into practice. The concept of supporting the territories of preservation and development of traditions and the way of life will be realised. The system of work with Russia’s leading technical higher education institutions in terms of career guidance activities will be provided. In addition, the Ministry plans to actively involve women students and schoolgirls in Day Without Turnstiles action to make it possible for them to visit industrial facilities and watch the process of work there. 

Much attention will be paid to international collaboration. 

At the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation signed a declaration on cooperation with UNIDO on supporting women’s initiatives. The Ministry also signed a memorandum with the WorldSkills Foundation on developing skills and competencies of women and girls that are necessary for skilled employment in terms of sustainable industrial development. 

Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade supported holding of the annual Saint Petersburg International Craft Congress. According to Gulnaz Kadyrova, Rosy Greenlees, President of the World Craft Council, visited the Congress for the second year in a row. During her first visit, Ms. Greenlees was especially impressed by Saint Petersburg’s specialised education institutions bringing up artists and craftspeople (including girls). She proposes to replicate Russia’s experience in other countries. 

Anna Repina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community

Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov