Irina Gekht notes role of rural women in country’s development

Irina Gekht notes role of rural women in country’s development

Women run nearly 6,000 rural settlements in Russia

The Committee of Rural Women held an expanded meeting on the theme ‘Women’s Role in the Development of Rural Areas’ on the starting day of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum.

Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Agrarian and Food Policy and Environmental Management Irina Gekht said that women head almost 6,000 rural settlements in Russia (and this is just one third of the total number). In particular, among farmers who have just received grants from the state and set off on their career path, roughly every fourth livestock complex is headed by a representative of the fairer sex.

“Rural women can play a special role in creating legal, social, and economic conditions for raising the living standards of the rural population”, Gekht said.

She also noted the social vulnerability of rural women and stressed that this problem is typical for all countries. In addition, Gekht pointed out that the Committee of Rural Women was established in 2015 at the first Eurasian Women’s Forum. At that time, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko held business meetings with heads of rural settlements and workers from rural social sectors.

President of the Union of Rural Women of Germany Brigitte Gerb shared her country’s experience with the development of rural areas. Vice President of the Association of Peasant (Farm) Enterprises and Agricultural Cooperatives of Russia Olga Bashmachnikova took part in the discussion and presented the report ‘Rural Territories in Russia’s Spatial Development’. Director of the Department of Rural Development at the Russian Ministry of Agriculture Vladimir Svezhenets also spoke at the meeting and described measures to support small forms of farming in the countryside.

Over the course of the meeting, the participants actively discussed women’s role in the country’s public and political life as well as opportunities for creating comfortable conditions to raise children and develop entrepreneurship.

Elmira Mustafayeva, Eurasian Women’s Community Information Agency