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Women's Forum Kyoto

Women's Forum Kyoto

Development of women’s leadership in combating global climate change

The Women’s Forum Kyoto took place in Kyoto, Japan on June 26-27, 2019. The key topic of the event was development of women’s leadership in combating global climate change. The representatives of the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum took part in the forum’s work.

The Russian delegation included Elena Marinina, Deputy CEO of the Rosscongress Foundation, Director of the Innosocium Foundation, and member of the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum, and Elena Myakotnikova, Corporate Director of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI).

“The topics of women’s entrepreneurship and leadership, including those in the field of climate change, are already a well-established part of the agenda of G20 under Japanese Presidency. The development of women’s initiatives is extremely necessary for comprehensive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our country has gained the positive experience of working on all these directions, which will be presented at the forum in Japan. I am sure that the agreement on cooperation between the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum and the Innosocium Foundation signed at SPIEF 2019 will give a new impetus to our joint work and international cooperation”, emphasized Galina Karelova, Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council and Chairperson of the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum.

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“Gender equality is the key factor of sustainable development. In recent decades, gender gap at labour market decreased but women still lag behind men in terms of fulfilment of their potential in economy and society. Increasing women’s economic activity, strengthening their role in society, and involving them in management and decision-making in all economic sectors will certainly contribute to economic growth and positively affect social stability and realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals”, noted Svetlana Lukash, the Russian G20 Sherpa and Deputy Chairperson of the Experts Directorate of the President of the Russian Federation.

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“The necessity of more active involvement of women in all sectors of economy is obvious. Within the Women’s Forum Kyoto, we are planning to demonstrate Russia’s successful experience in the development of women’s leadership and to continue our work on maintaining international dialogue on the formation of women’s community, strengthening international social and cultural bonds and cooperation of women for the sake of solution of social problems including global climate change. Our key task is to contribute to promotion of the role of women in social and economic development and to enhancement of Russia’s strategic role in the global women’s community”, said Elena Marinina, Deputy CEO of the Rosscongress Foundation and Director of the Innosocium Foundation.

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The report and a number of proposals on supporting women’s entrepreneurship and expansion of women’s participation in economy were prepared and delivered to Shinzō Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, to be further included in G20’s agenda.

“The forum provides a unique platform for dialogue and learning the experience of G20 countries in the field of women’s entrepreneurship and more active involvement of women in the economic life of the country. It is important for us to use opportunities provided by this format of work to promote the interests of women’s entrepreneurial community in Russia and to work out effective joint solutions taking into consideration the experience, features, and interests of every party”, highlighted Elena Myakotnikova, Corporate Director of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI).

Participation of members of the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum in the Women’s Forum Kyoto is a logical continuation of work on development of women’s agenda, promotion of women’s leadership, and enhancement of cooperation with international women’s communities carried out by the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum jointly with the Innosocium Foundation and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives.

Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov


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