Eurasian Women’s Forum Reflects the Hopes and Successes of Russian Women
Yekaterina Lakhova on the Significance of Women Helping and Understanding Each Other
The international dialogue at the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum in St Petersburg will clearly mark out the most pressing issues for women of different ages both in Russia and abroad, although not all of these issues will be resolved, believes Yekaterina Lakhova, Member of the Federation Council and Chair of the Women’s Union of Russia. For example, the concept of ‘ageing well’ with regard to women has only just come to the fore in a number of countries. Russian women aged over 50 should also not feel that their lives are coming to an end. For women, looking after their physical, social and even ‘economic’ health to a large extent depends on how focused they are on mutual understanding and cooperation.
According to Lakhova, the debates, meetings and joint discussions of pressing issues that are planned for the Forum will serve as a basis for developing proposals to be presented to the Coordination Council for the Implementation Plan of the National Strategy For Women. “What makes Russian women stand out? Not only do they focus on the success stories of their colleagues at home and abroad, but they are also prepared to share their own experiences,” the head of the Women’s Union of Russia notes. “After all, Russian women can survive in a global crisis, and survive well: they successfully take on work, family, children and social projects and still find time for self-fulfillment.”
According to Yekaterina Lakhova, it is the ability of women to strike a balance between the fulfillment of their inner potential and providing help to others that makes an invaluable contribution to the sustainable development of the state. In addition, the constructive ideas, programmes and, more importantly, tenacity and the ability of Russian women to overcome obstacles to career development and personal realization may be a source of inspiration for women in other countries.
Tina Stankevich, Eurasian Women’s Community News Agency