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International forum «Women’s Dialogue. Infinity Charity.»

International forum «Women’s Dialogue. Infinity Charity.»

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International forum «Women’s Dialogue. Infinity Charity.»

17th and 18th of November 2016 Ufa

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18.11.2016 18:21 (MSK)

To Be Continued!   

“I suppose, we have all abilities to build an effective system of cooperation with each other. We will consider the suggestion about holding second international forum Women’s Dialogue. Infinity Charity in Ufa again, to set further elaboration. Everything in life has its sense when it has an extension” – so Galina Karelova, Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council of Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, ended plenary meeting of international forum Women’s Dialogue. Infinity Charity.

18.11.2016 17:05 (MSK)


Interview with Sarah Harder, American professor of Wisconsin University, President of the National Peace Foundation   

The full version of the interview will be posted on our portal later but now there are first impressions of a talk with that incredible lady. The meeting was a part of international forum Women’s Dialogue. Infinity Charity in Ufa.

Sarah remembered her first steps in the field of standing up for women’s rights, compared Eurasian Women’s Forum to one in Ufa and told about her project STEM. It is aimed at exposure girls to the math.

Sarah Harder admires Russian women’s abilities in sciences and told that math and technologies are directly connected with developing of women’s movement.

After the interview Sarah said that she wants to continue cooperation with our portal Eurasian Women’s Community and went to check-in on it.

18.11.2016 15:52 (MSK)


Favorable Environment for Charity Projects  

Regina Shtyagina, specialist in communication with society of charity fund Marhmat, summed up a roundtable discussion. “We exchanged positive experience in realization of charity projects in spheres of fashion, sport and cookery and came to a conclusion that we should involve as many participants as possible in this sphere of activity, in this process. It is important to create a favorable environment for developing different charity projects”.

18.11.2016 15:52 (MSK)


It is Always Good in Ufa  

“Thanks to the organizers! I want also to thank volunteers, they are very important people, we wouldn’t be able to find way around without them. I hope this forum will become annual because it is always good in Ufa. During the roundtable Education and Charity we got a view of best practices that were initially private but are now supported by the government. Key point to which we came through the discussion is a possibility of educational program of charity fund existing separately from the state. Besides, we touched a question of volunteers’ activity as a part of educational program” – mentioned Svetlana Primakova, director of communications of fund Teacher for Russia, on a plenary meeting of the international forum Women’s Dialogue. Infinity Charity.

18.11.2016 15:50 (MSK)


Common Goal Unites   

“Nothing unites more than a common goal. We are very happy that First Eurasian Women’s Forum and forum in Ufa help to develop international contacts, to beef up friendship between women-leaders from different countries” – mentioned Galina Karelova, Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council of Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. Plenary meeting of international forum Women’s Dialogue. Infinity Charity is coming to its end. All participants thank the organizers of the forum – Federation Council of Federal Assembly of RF, the government of The Republic of Bashkortostan, and the charity fund Marhmat.

18.11.2016 15:48 (MSK)


Puzzle of Good 

During the international forum Women’s Dialogue. Infinity Charity in Ufa charity fund Marhmat held a campaign Common Childhood. Participants and guests of the forum put a puzzle of good together. As a result there was a big picture – child’s painting that won in one of competitions. It depicts a forum’s symbol – a colourful horse. All money collected will be spent on buying a tot lot for children with special needs in the forest-park named for wood-growers of Bashkiria in Ufa.

18.11.2016 15:44 (MSK)


To Create Good is a Norm

“Charity in Russia today is an act of onetime help. We are aimed at creating a world where to create good is a norm” – said Salima Manuilova, director of charity fund Our Children, expert of strategic net Charity as System Mechanism. 

According to the moderator of one of the roundtables of the forum charity organizations in Russia don’t have a common target. That’s why work of funds is not cooperated. Salima Manuikova suggested taking mercy, creation of a world around one’s self as ground activity. System must be closed for every member of a community could bring good and thank for it. A community in which everyone feels himself as a creator is a community of the future.

18.11.2016 15:41 (MSK)


Are You Looking for a Roster? We Have It on Our Portal!

“We see that importance of socially oriented NCOs is appreciated and we move to the constructive work” – mentioned Olga Kabanova, vice-minister of labour and social defense of population of republic Bashkortostan. On a roundtable Models of Partnership of Government and Socially Oriented NCOs: Grants, Providing Social and Valuable to the Community Services and Charity its participants came to a conclusion that regional organizations don’t have enough power now to realise system long-term projects. “And we have a big goal to prepare NCO to inclusion into the roster of non-commercial organizations-providers of valuable to the community services.” – concluded Olga Kabanova. Galina Karelova, Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council, reminded that our portal already had such a roster.

18.11.2016 15:29 (MSK)


In 2012 Russia Took 8th Place for Voluntary Work

“We need to be careful and not to adopt a law that nobody would obey” – commented signing of forum’s resolution Elena Alshanskaya, president of charity fund Volunteers for Helping Children Orphans. 

A possibility of providing special privileges for volunteers during college entrances was discussed on the forum. But specialists are concerned if this idea would destroy the system of fair selection of applicants.

“Charity is a ground for civil community.” - thinks Elena. And Russia makes great steps in this direction. According to international researches, Russia took the 8th place out of 146 in voluntary help in 2012. But we shouldn’t stop there. Country needs state centres that will motivate people to make charity. Every person should understand that it is prestigious. This a deed for which you will be respected. As initial part we could introduce lessons of voluntary work in colleges and schools.

18.11.2016 15:12 (MSK)


Welcoming Hosts Expect All Guests to Come Again

On the final plenary meeting of international forum Women’s Dialogue. Infinity Charity Konstantin Tolkachev, chairman of the State Assembly of the Republic of Bashkortostan was speaking. He mentioned that energetic participation of women in the sphere of charity will undoubtedly be useful for the whole world.

“It is good that during the roundtable discussions and workshops there were objective suggestions of solving different problems which were counted while signing the resolution. The forum proved again that charity in our country takes an important place and more and more people consider this sphere to be inherent part of their lives. I’m sure, it is only the beginning and we will have effective partnership in future and forums of such kind will be organized regularly,” – summed up his speech Konstantin. He offered all guests to come again. This offer was accepted with pleasure by everyone. Everyone was pleased with work and warm welcome.

18.11.2016 15:00 (MSK)


Final Plenary Meeting of the Forum Begins

“Forum showed that charity is developing in education, sport, culture, medical service and other spheres.” – opened final plenary meeting of international forum Women’s Dialogue. Infinity Charity in Ufa Galina Karelova, Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council of Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. 

“Thanks to our forum, wide highlights of this international meeting in Mass Media, we were able to enlarge the number of people that are ready to help all those in need”, concluded Galina Karelova.

18.11.2016 14:53 (MSK)


Forum Comes to an End  

Two days passed very quickly. There were objective suggestions about legislative initiatives and the most effective work organization. Participants met each other and exchanged experience. Now Galina Karelova says her conclusion and then the forum’s resolution will be discussed.    

18.11.2016 14:45 (MSK)


The Issue of Local Philanthropy Being Discussed During The Community Funds in Russia Workshop  

Larisa Avrorina, programme manager of CAF Russia programme that crises can’t stop the development of one’s own philanthropy project. The participants are sharing their experience. Some were putting off their pensions so as to actualise a good deed and struggled to negotiate with entrepreneurs while others were using the plastic bottles for raising contributions and organising series of rag fairs.

The main conclusion participants came to is that it is essential to develop individual philanthropy and to overlook no opportunity to achieve their goals.

18.11.2016 13:48 (MSK)


The-Bird-of-Happiness-Printed T-Shirts

The society-oriented business training is held as a part of one of the Forum’s workshops. Regina Shtyagina, one of the founders of charity clothing brand QOSH tells about the best ways to work for charity. The company conducted a children’s drawing contest, chose six best drawings and printed them on its sweatshirts. Organisers bought wheelchairs for physically disadvantaged tennis-players for funds received from selling those sweatshirts. Senior editor of Elle Russia Elena Sotnikova became interested in the campaign, created her own collection of clothes and even drew Varya the Bird for prints herself. You can buy Elena’s designer’s t-shirts on the Women’s Forum. You’ll contribute to a good deed and enlarge your wardrobe with a stylish piece of clothes.

18.11.2016 13:40 (MSK)


Risks Can Be Managed

The round table called NGO Risk Management is held on one of the discussion platforms of the forum with many representatives of philanthropy funds participating. Each speaker told about possible risks which can obstruct NGO’s proper development and functioning. All the spokespeople shared their experience in NGO risk management and provided set examples of preventing expectable problems.

18.11.2016 13:28 (MSK)


Volunteers Elated

The Forum still continues but it is already clear that it succeeded. Not only the participants, but also wonderful volunteers are elated with it. Daria Yutkina, a schoolgirl from the Russian city of Ufa told her friends about her talk with the participant from Germany Karin Van Mourik, who had even told them her love story. Daria is an experienced volunteer who likes to speak with foreign guests. She told us that “it is great that such famous and high-status people speak with us on equal grounds”. Her friends agreed saying that kind of talking is much better that social networks.

18.11.2016 08:11 (MSK)


Exercising with Champions

In Ufa’s school №59 multiple Olympic champion Tatyana Lebedeva and multiple Paralympic champion Oksana Savchenko shared their recipes for success with schoolchildren during the Forum. Tatyana is a Russian track-and-field athlete and senator from Vologodskaya region; Oksana is a Russian swimmer and a member of State Assembly Quriltai of the Republic of Bashkortostan.

After the intense five-minute training some older schoolchildren asked their questions to sportswomen. Conference’s atmosphere was friendly and informal. The champions said that “the sky is the limit” and wished the children to strive for victory.

17.11.2016 17:11 (MSK)


Forum’s Back Shift

The intensive first day of the Forum has come to its end but the work will not stop. The meetings and round tables will continue operating tomorrow, and now the participants came to Bashkir national theatre of opera and ballet. They will see the philanthropic festival called “Simple Childhood” featuring physically-disabled children who perform sketches, dance, sing and even cohost the evening. The applause today is deafening as people working for charity are the most grateful. As they say, art language needs no translation.

17.11.2016 16:00 (MSK)


The Smiles Are Back

Russian and international surgeons operated 50 children from Ufa with congenital maxillofacial defects. The campaign called Operation Smile is held during the forum "Women's Dialogue. Infinity Charity" which opened today in the capital of Bashkortostan. Rustem Ahmetshin, the head doctor of Republican children’s clinical hospital of Bashkir Department of Health said that the youngest patient is 6 months old and the oldest – 19 y.o.

The surgeons participating in the campaign are from Russia, the USA, Vietnam and Estonia. Fortunately, no sanctions can forbid that. Such campaigns do not only help children but also contribute to scientific development. Working in the international team helps doctors advance in skill and share the experience. It is important to say that there are no queues for those needing such operations because the practice is stamped out on the assembly line. In the campaign the surgeons had to deal with the hardest medical cases and they succeeded in them perfectly. Children are now able to smile.

Today the forum participants visited the children. Among them were vice-chairman of the Federation Council Galina Karelova, senior vice-president of the Federation Council committee on science, education and culture Liliya Gumerova and chairman of the Council of Fundraising Education Fund Marhamat Gulshat Hamitova. The sponsors gave one million rubles to the hospital to develop the medical projects.

17.11.2016 15:19 (MSK)


The Snowball of Kindness

“We want to spread kindness,” – said the chairman of the Council of Fundraising Education Fund Marhamat Gulshat Hamitova during the International Forum "Women's Dialogue. Infinity Charity".

Gulshat works for charity for many years. She decided to dedicate her life to philanthropy after becoming a doctor which is the most humane job. Gulshat Hamitova is sure that “when you give something to people, you get back something more essential”. So let’s hope that after the forum the kindness will grow as a snowball.

17.11.2016 15:13 (MSK)


The Movement Towards Promising Future Continues

The forum "Women's Dialogue. Infinity Charity" is now held in Ufa. Vice-chairman of the Federation Council Galina Karelova answered our questions and said that the work which unites women from all over the world to resolve the contemporary issues continues. The movement towards promising future started positively in 2015 in St. Petersburg, came to Ufa and in the end of November will reach Moscow.

More than 500 participants from all over the world will join the first Congress of the International Female Medical Association of Central Europe. To read about the event visit

17.11.2016 13:32 (MSK)


Exchange of Experience and Efficient Dialogue

In the framework of the international forum Women's Dialogue. Infinity Charity taking place on 17-18 November 2016 in Ufa there are multiple round tables being held on six different topics.

Participants of the forum share experience and discuss problems of education, philanthropy, humanitarian cooperation, volunteering, culture and models of partnership between government and socially-oriented non-profit organizations.

At the end of each round table there will be a resolution adopted.

17.11.2016 11:30 (MSK)


International Dialogue and the Birth of the Truth

Karin van Mourik, a member of the board of the Association of German Women Entrepreneurs and a Commissioner for Affairs with Russia shared her opinion at the plenary session of the international forum Women's Dialogue. Infinity Charity. She was talking about Tsvetayeva’s project created by a woman and devoted to a woman. According to Karin van Mourik, such projects help the world to live, because we all need kindness, friendship and culture.

“Today I’ve got ideas, but my ideas need support and feedback from everyone who thinks the same way. My eyes, ears and heart are open for dialogue, because dialogue contributes to the birth of the truth,” she said.

Karin van Mourik promoted multiple humanitarian projects. She also established a charity foundation To Hear The World aimed at helping children with disabilities.

17.11.2016 11:28 (MSK)


Work Goes On

Plenary session of the international forum Women's Dialogue. Infinity Charity in Ufa is over. The participants parted and joined round tables on different topics. Meanwhile Karelova meets representatives of foreign delegations in the Yurta meeting hall decorated in traditional Bashkir style.

17.11.2016 10:51 (MSK)


Lofty Principles

“Charity is noble work, it is loyalty to lofty principles,” said Li Xiaoxing, a chief of European Division of All-China Women's Federation International Department.

As she thinks, life in the epoch of globalization is multifaceted. On the one hand, there are new opportunities appearing every day. On the other hand, such state of things causes many new problems. Gender inequality in rights is one of them. Within 60 years All-China Women's Federation International Department promotes women’s empowerment.

By using resources from public funds and business China managed to insure women against domestic violence, to provide them with start-up budgets for entrepreneurship development and to conduct free medical check-ups in order to prevent cancer.

2016 is the first year of a 15-year programme. This programme is aimed at combating women's poverty, maternal and child health, providing good education for women and achieving gender equality.

“We accepted huge responsibility. Our mission is of great importance. This mission is world with equal opportunities for each country, for each person. This is our common desire. Chinese women are ready to cooperate with women from all over the globe to build a better world,” commented Li Xiaoxing. 

17.11.2016 10:48 (MSK)


Doctors From All Over The World Help Children

“It is gratifying to know that modern women are self-motivated, brave, devoted, socially fair and responsible for future of their country. The role of women in all spheres is enormous. Most workers in spheres of education, healthcare, culture and mass media are women,” said Banzragch Delgermaa, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia in the Russian Federation, at the plenary session of the international forum Women's Dialogue. Infinity Charity.

She also reported that after hearing speeches of the forum’s participants she had an idea to invite to Russia 18 doctors from abroad in order to help children. Operation Smile is a charity event organized in the framework of the forum in Ufa, aimed at helping children with cleft lip and palate. Russian doctors and those from abroad have already performed 20 surgical operations.

17.11.2016 10:16 (MSK)


Diana Gurtskaya, The Eurasian Women's Forum Award Holder

Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Galina Karelova granted the Public Acceptance prize to Diana Gurtskaya, a Russian Honorable Artist and the organizer of charity festival White Cane.

“We must do everything for our children to live well,” said Diana Gurtskaya.

The awarding ceremony took place at the plenary session of the international forum.

17.11.2016 9:54 (MSK)


We Combine Our Efforts!

“The time has come for civic movements, charity foundations and government to combine efforts,” said Ilze Liepa, a People's artist of Russia and founder of a charity foundation Culture For Children. With this she spoke at the plenary session of the international forum Women's Dialogue. Infinity Charity.

17.11.2016 9:52 (MSK)


Dreams of a Better Future to Change the World

“We are not a charity organization but we always strive to help those who are in difficult circumstances,” said Vanda Gagiano, President of the Free State Women’s Agricultural Union in the Republic of South Africa, at the plenary session of the international forum Women's Dialogue. Infinity Charity. Today her organization promotes multiple projects of different kinds devoted to helping disabled people, children and seniors. Thus its charity event provided free lunches for schoolchildren, clothing for low-income families and custom-built houses for children whose parents due to various reasons don’t have an opportunity to work.

Vanda believes that women are able to devote all their energy to good deeds.

“Let us, women, dream of a better future, and then we will make this world beautiful,” she said concluding her speech.

17.11.2016 9:45 (MSK)


78% of Americans Are Involved in Charity

“Charity everybody’s business who wants to change society for the better,” said Sarah Harder, the president of the National Peace Foundation, emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, at the plenary session of the international forum Women's Dialogue. Infinity Charity.

According to her, 78% of Americans are involved in charity. Their philanthropy aspiration dates back to 1881 when American women began to actively get an education. Thus Americans got tools which helped them to change the world for the better. Then they acquainted more and more people with what they did and as a result charity became common practice. 

In the most recent year when all of the amounts from these charitable contributions were totaled (from their many sources), 84% of that total came from small individual donations volunteered by ordinary U.S. сitizens. Annual giving to US charities is truly an American tradition for which everyone feels a responsibility.

Today large charity organizations need to use modern technologies and to teach children and the young to make use of them. Only thus further development of charity is possible.

“We have already done well in this area in Russian and American universities. Opportunities to improve society are everywhere and for everyone,” she said.

17.11.2016 9:45 (MSK)


Equal Access to Information for Both Urban and Rural Women

“We have set a goal to enable access for necessary information to all women, whenever they live (in the city or in the village)”, - said Patricia Collins, head of Associated Country Women of the World front office, at the plenary meeting of international forum Women’s Dialogue. Infinity Charity.

As Patricia said, ACWW are working in three directions: access to care, access to resources, raising human’s responsibility.

17.11.2016 9:33 (MSK)


Goodness Symbol

Every award is a result of hard work and good deeds”, - said thirteenfold Para-Olimpic world’s champion, deputy of State Duma, Rima Batalova, at the plenary meeting of international forum Women’s Dialogue. Infinity Charity. Now she is Molodost natsii regional social fund promoter and manager.

The sportswoman told that once she was rewarded by Valentina Matvienko in the Kremlin. Rima came with her little daughter and Valentina presented her a huge hare. Since that the hare became a symbol of goodness, charity and feminity in Rima’s family.

The sportswoman also told how she began to work for charitable causes. One day a girl asked Rima to give her Rima’s old hobnailed boots. Rima gave it to her and helped her very much. Since that time Rima has given lots of children a lift and inspired others to do charity. 

17.11.2016 8:51 (MSK)


Women’s Charity

“Lots of people work for charitable causes and it is great that most of those people are responsible and kind-hearted women.” - said head of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Rustam Khamitov at the plenary meeting of the international forum Women’s Dialogue. Infinity Charity.

17.11.2016 8:42 (MSK)


We’ll be Eminent for Good Deeds!

“People who make good things should be praised and publically accepted.” - said Galina Karelova, Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, in her opening speech at the international forum, dedicated to charity, held in Ufa. Their examples will inspire other people and raise sense of responsibility in farther generations.

“In 2015 Public acceptance award was established. 10 outstanding women got this award.” - said Galina Karelova at the plenary meeting of the international forum Women’s Dialogue. Infinity Charity. She said that this award will be also given at today’s meeting.

The main goal of the forum, held on the 17th and 18th of November in Ufa, is social non-commercial organisations empowerment in social development of the constituent territories of the Russian Federation, of the SCO countries and of BRICS countries.

17.11.2016 8:31 (MSK)


It’s a Great Pleasure to Make Good Things

“It’s a great pleasure to make good things. To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life” - with such touching words Russian singer Diana Gurtskaya began her speech at the international forum Women’s Dialogue. Infinity Charity. “Diana and children choir’s song filled the meeting with the atmosphere of tenderness and kindness.” - noticed Galina Karelova, Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, who opened the forum.

17.11.2016 8:26 (MSK)


Ufa Forum is Opened

“I’m sure we’ll have an interesting and constructive discussion on women’s part in humanitarian and charitable activity, their contribution to maintaining peace and to stable development of the world” - with these words Galina Karelova, Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, opened the plenary meeting of the international forum Women’s Dialogue. Infinity Charity.

17.11.2016 6:41 (MSK)


Charity Erases Barriers

One of the biggest international events dedicated to charity is going to be started today in Ufa. More than 700 guests from 10 countries (CIS, USA, Estonia, Germany, the Great Britain, RSA, etc.) and also inhabitants from 55 regions of Russia participated the forum Women’s Dialogue. Infinity Charity. Manager of the social organisations, senators, deputies of State Duma will share their experience and work out effective ways for solving current problems in the sphere of charity.

“In terms of volume of the participants, this forum is going to be the biggest event in Russia of all events dedicated to charity. It is the first time when ways of charity development and international cooperation are discussed by so many representatives” - noticed Galina Karelova, Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation.

Charitable action Operation ‘Smile’ that helps children with cleft lip and palate will be held as part of the forum. Physicians from different countries have already operated on more than 20 young patients. The festival Normal Childhood will also take place at the forum, today in the evening. Special needs children and known for charitable activities talented Russian singer, member of Public Chamber, Diana Gurtskaya will perform on the festival.

Organizers of the forum are Federation Council of Russia, government of the Republic of Bashkortostan and Markhamat charity fund. The forum will be on the 17th and 18th of November.

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