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Women in Industry

Women in Industry

Participants of the women’s forum discussed the ways of involving women in industry 

The strategic session ‘Women in Industry’ was held as part of the women’s forum in Novokuznetsk. The section was organised with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. 

The participants discussed issues related to personnel training and industry-related professions that must attract more women. The second part of the session was dedicated to women’s entrepreneurial activity. 

Gulnaz Kadyrova, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, opened the strategic session titled ‘Women in Industry’. According to her, it is necessary to provide women with decent working conditions in order to involve them in industry. 

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As research show, the following aspects are the most important for women: opportunity to maintain balance between family and professional life, favourable working conditions, and short distance from the place of residence to the place of work. 

According to the speaker, communication with the heads of industrial enterprises shows that they are ready to address these needs of women. 

Representatives of WorldSkills Russia project attended the session. The goal of this movement is to uplift the prestige of working professions in addition to the development of vocational education through the harmonisation of best practices and professional standards worldwide by means of organisation and holding of professional contests. 

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The project is actively participated by women who demonstrate success in industrial robotics, reverse engineering, piloting unmanned vehicles, etc. By their example, they destroy gender stereotypes existing in the society. 

Prize winners of the WorldSkills contest also spoke at the discussion and shared their experience of taking part in the project. 

Women must consider the transformation of requirements for the ‘personnel of tomorrow’ in order to be able to fulfil their potential in industry. Galina Penyagina, Director of Investment and Industry Department of Yaroslavl Oblast, touched upon this topic in her report. 

The speaker stressed that modern specialists should study human sciences. 

If an engineer doesn’t know how society works, he or she doesn’t know economics and is a bad engineer. If he or she is unable to build communication with other people and work in team, he or she is incompetent. 

Anna Tsivilyova, Head of the Guardianship Council of Kemerovo Oblast, spoke during the second part if the ‘Women in Industry’ strategic session. She told about how a woman leader influences the efficiency of a company.

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The speaker referred to statistics, which proves that women’s involvement in the company’s board of directors improves its efficiency. 

The main factors linking gender balance with the improvement of the company's activities include the following: a more effective combination of management skills, a wider selection of qualified personnel, a reliable reflection of consumer needs, the increase in the efficiency of the corporate direction. 

This topic was continued in the report of Veronika Peshkova, UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador to Russia. According to her, development of women’s entrepreneurship and leadership is relevant in all regions of the world. 

Full involvement of women in the economy will help increate the world GDP by 28 trillion dollars. 

As mentioned by the speakers, the today’s world is changing under the influence of innovation technologies that contribute to ensuring gender equality. 

Doctor Lee So Yeon, Chairperson of the International Women’s Association of Innovations (South Korea), touched upon this topic in her report. She told about what innovation solutions appeared thanks to the fourth industrial revolution. Thus, modern devices for women were developed. They help women in achieving equal conditions with men. 

Thanks to digitalization, women acquired the opportunity to work during their maternity leave, form their working schedule, and combine their work with other fields of life. 

Summing up the meeting, the speakers mentioned: it is necessary to create all conditions for involving women in industry using the opportunities of transition to the new technological paradigm. 

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

Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov


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