Spring Starts with Women’s Forum in Kuzbass
'Role of Women in Developing Industrial Regions' forum started in Novokuznetsk
“I have a whole bunch of new acquaintances, ideas, and amazing emotions” is a phrase that could be heard in many variations from the forum’s participants today at the Novokuznetsk Drama Theatre.
The 'Role of Women in Developing Industrial Regions' women’s forum started in Novokuznetsk. The participants of the plenary session were Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Galina Karelova, Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council, Gulnaz Kadyrova, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Sergey Tsivilyov, Governor of Kemerovo Oblast, Anna Tsivilyova, Head of the Guardianship Council of Kemerovo Oblast, and Fatou Haidara, Managing Director of UNIDO Policy and Programme Support.
The event started with the performance of Tamara Gverdtsiteli, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation, accompanied by children’s choir. She performed the anthem of the international women’s movement, which was first voiced at the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum in Saint Petersburg in September 2018.
Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, sent his greeting remarks to the participants of the forum in Novokuznetsk. As stressed by the President, women in Russia successfully fulfil their potential in economy and other fields, effectively address the tasks set and actively contribute to implementation of demanded social projects. President Putin highlighted that the government would continue creating favourable conditions for implementing women’s potential and supporting the development of the institution of the family, maternity, and childhood. In addition, Vladimir Putin congratulated the forum’s participants on the forthcoming International Women's Day.
The forum attracted delegates from 15 countries and women leaders from 39 regions of Russia. All the forum’s discussion platforms are being streamed. Besides, 1222 communal viewing zones were organised, so that upwards of 85 thousand women working for Kuzbass enterprises and organisations could participate remotely in the conference’s work. At the same time, they will have an opportunity to state their suggestions for the outcome resolution that will be signed on March 2.
In her video message to the participants, Valentina Matvienko, Chairperson of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, mentioned that Novokuznetsk was famous not only thanks to its huge industrial potential. As stated by Ms. Matvienko, Novokuznetsk is a recognised centre of best practices and innovations. She wished the forum productive work.
In her speech, Galina Karelova, Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, thanked Sergey Tsivilyov, Governor of Kemerovo Oblast, for his initiative of holding the forum. She told about the main principles and goals in the implementation of women's agenda supervised by Valentina Matvienko. A big team is working in this direction. 12 major projects aimed at solving extremely acute tasks on promoting women in the spheres of economy, science, agriculture, entrepreneurship, and others were initiated after the Eurasian Women’s Forum. Specialised Councils on women issues were created on the basis of government structures. Thus, meeting of the Women’s Council to the Ministry of Industry and Trade will take place within the framework of the forum in Novokuznetsk. Galina Karelova proposed to make this event a traditional one and hold it between the Eurasian Women’s Forums. This will help address all the tasks voiced much more efficiently.
Governor of Kemerovo Oblast Sergey Tsivilyov stressed that the resolution of the women’s forum would become a guideline to follow for the administration of Kemerovo Oblast and municipal authorities.
In her speech, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Olga Golodets highlighted the relevance of the topic of creation of equal conditions and opportunities for women’s development. Despite the high percentage of women’s employment, women’s wages and salaries amount to only 70% of average wages and salaries of men. According to Gulnaz Kadyrova, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, today women amount to more than one third of the people employed in industry. “One of our goals is to increase the share of women employed in industrial organisations up to 40% by 2021”, she added.
According to Anna Tsivilyova, Head of the Guardianship Council of Kemerovo Oblast, the forum will also include the discussion of such topics as education, healthcare, women’s contribution to development of hi-tech and digitalization, improvement of urban spaces, etc.
The speeches of the international participants of the forum were met with applause. The listeners were especially impressed by those who delivered their speeches in Russian: board member of Association of German Women Entrepreneurs and the President of ‘Hear The World’ charitable foundation Karin van Mourik (Germany) and President of Beijing Catic Industry Limited company Ms. Sui Tao (China).
Fatou Haidara, Managing Director of UNIDO Policy and Programme Support, said that it was a great honour for her to be at the women’s forum in Novokuznetsk. UNIDO’s goal is to increase the growth of industry. According to Fatou Haidara, the work in this direction is effective.
The ceremony of opening the forum ended with awarding the Governor of Kemerovo Oblast with a certificate from Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and Vladimir Medinsky, Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation. This is a certificate for acquisition of musical instruments (82 pianos of three models) for children’s schools of art located in Kuzbass. The ceremony ended with the performance of a young musician who played a piano provided by the certificate.
Tatyana Vorozhtsova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Forum
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov