Women for Social Progress

Women for Social Progress

Participants of the Second EWF discussed women’s potential and achievements in social policy

The role of women in developing social sector alongside with gender discrimination issues in different fields of activity were in focus of the strategic session titled ‘Women for Social Progress’. Aleksey Vovchenko, First Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation, and Svetlana Zeynalova, Anchorwoman on Russia’s Channel One, became the moderators of the platform.

The session started with a report by Olga Kulaeva, Director of the ILO Moscow Office for

Eastern Europe and Central Asia. As stressed by the speaker, statistically, the level of economic activity of men worldwide is 76% but women are behind by more than 20%.

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The situation in Russia is more favourable: the level of women’s involvement in the economy is 63% and men’s one corresponds to the international level.

However, there is still a significant gender pay gap. In many respects, it depends on gender stereotypes about professional predetermination.

Today, the International Labour Organisation aims to reduce the gap in representation of women and men in the labour market by 25% by 2025. This will ensure growth of the world GDP.

The main obstacle in women’s self-fulfilment is challenges in combining professional and family duties. Introduction of digital technologies and new forms of production organisation alongside with improvement of system of women’s protection in work activities will contribute to solving the problem. The topics mentioned were discussed in detail at other platforms held as part of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum.

The participants of the ‘Women for Social Progress’ strategic session paid special attention to the role of women in promotion of social legislation and initiatives that respond to the tasks of social progress. Experts also discussed the necessity of expanding women’s representation in parliaments.

Delegates from different countries took part in the strategic session. During the second part of the discussion, they exchanged experience in the sphere of women’s empowerment.

Kristina Danilina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community

Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov