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Women are playing an increasingly important role in solving the problems facing society and the state and in the modern world they should not have to choose between family and personal development, the president said. Russian Vladimir Putin at the Third Eurasian Women’s Forum held in St. Petersburg. from October 13 to 15.
âIt is quite obvious that in modern conditions a woman should not be faced with the choice between children and family or professional development. This is why in Russia, the conditions are constantly created so that a woman after childbirth can start or resume her professional career at any time, to fulfill herself, to flourish in what she loves â, underlined M . Putin.
The Eurasian Women’s Forum, held since 2015, is one of the largest international platforms bringing together women leaders from all continents to examine and discuss the role of women in the modern world and develop new approaches to solving global problems.
The forum was organized by the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States (IPA CIS).
Federation Council President Valentina Matviyenko delivered the opening speech of the plenary session. She stressed that the main objective of the global women’s community is to improve the quality of people’s lives as well as to strengthen mutual understanding and trust among countries and peoples in the name of peace and sustainable development.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko noted in her speech that women are directly involved in the implementation of these tasks in Russia and on international platforms.
Vietnamese Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan made a presentation by video conference. She said the Forum brings together the majority of women from all over the world. âThe role of women today is extremely important. We can make the world a fairer place and help tackle global challenges, âshe said.
President of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan, Sahiba Ali gizi Gafarova, believes that the topics discussed at the Eurasian Women’s Forum provide an opportunity to discuss the most pressing issues of modern life and improve the status of women in the world. Gafarova said unleashing the full potential of women will be the foundation for building a healthy society.
Uzbekistan Senate Speaker Tanzila Narbaeva noted that the forum once again demonstrated the growing role of women in solving socio-economic issues facing their countries. The Forum demonstrates new approaches to the women’s agenda, she said.
Narbaeva stressed that Uzbekistan is ready to share its experience in various fields and is open to cooperation. She invited the participants to take part in the women’s forum during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in 2022, scheduled for Samarkand.
The Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament of Turkmenistan, Gulshat Mammedova, said the forum is an important platform for interaction between women and helps harmonize efforts to address various issues of the changing world as well as exchange views and experiences in promoting women’s rights.
The participation of African women was modest, with for example the President of the Senate of Gabon Lucie Milebou Aubusson, the Liberian Dr Jewel Howard-Taylor and the First Lady of Zimbabwe Auxillia Mnangagwa among a few others. Mozambique Assembly President EsperanÃ§a Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias delivered a speech at the forum.
The First Lady of Zimbabwe, Auxillia Mnangagwa, held a special working discussion on the sidelines with the President of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Valentina Matviyenko, focused on the development of interparliamentary relations, women in sustainable development, education and charity.
The First Lady and the President raised the possibility of greater participation of Russian economic operators in the development process of the southern African region. The two women expressed their appreciation for the cooperation on common issues on international platforms. Diplomatic relations between the two marked their 40th year.
On October 15, African women participated in an exclusive discussion only on âthe role of women in the integrated development of the African continentâ at the Tauride Palace. Women from international organizations, the business community, the scientific community and non-governmental organizations participated.
The entirety of the third forum took place offline using modern formats such as video conferencing and webcasting, intended to ensure wide reach and engage audiences. The physical presence was organized in strict compliance with security measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.