Benefit of BRICS Web Portal
The International Congress of Women of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS Countries took place in Novosibirsk on July 3-4. The discussion was devoted to the role of women in modern society, in particular in politics, economics, science, education and culture.
Anna Nesterova, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Global Rus Trade, presented her report on increasing the number of women entrepreneurs. She started her speech by quoting Nikolay Nekrasov, a Russian poet. His poem quoted by Anna Nesterova included a good definition of women able to give battle to any trouble.
Anna Nesterova said she admired young women, recent graduates, taking the responsibility for solving the most important issues of their companies. Every year women occupy more leadership positions. The proportion of women managers in the BRICS countries is 26%. This proportion in the world is 21%. The highest rate of women on leadership positions is in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and China (approximately 40%).
However, there are still three factors increasing the gap between men and women in economics. They are restriction of access to education, obstacles in obtaining financial resources by women and so-called glass ceiling.
Anna Nesterova believes that we need to talk more about successful women so as they could serve as examples for aspiring entrepreneurs. She suggested to create the BRICS Web Portal, an information resource about women's entrepreneurship. It is possible to create women's business club, which will help women in promoting their projects. Any woman entrepreneur will be able to write a letter describing the specific problems and request for training video. The videos will contain tips recorded by successful women entrepreneurs, offering solutions in different situations and sharing their experience.
According to Anna Nesterova, despite all the challenges active women have a huge potential in the process of transformation of the world. Women entrepreneurs need support so as not to lag behind.
Agata Korovina, news agency of the Eurasian Women's Community
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov