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About the Forum

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The Eurasian Women’s Forum is the world’s biggest influential platform for discussing the role of women in contemporary society. The Forum is aimed at consolidating and developing cooperation among female leaders for addressing urgent problems and strengthening the atmosphere of trust and mutual understanding in a world based on the universal values of humanism, rights and dignity.          

The Forum organizers are the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States (IPA CIS).

The Forum participants are female members of parliament, representatives of the executive authorities, international organizations, business circles, scientific community, public institutions and charity projects, as well as prominent leaders of the international feminist movement from many countries.   

The first Eurasian Women’s Forum, held in 2015, provoked a broad public response and acquired a truly global character. It showed the increasing role of women in reinforcing peace and security, solving important socioeconomic and humanitarian problems. Over 1,000 participants from 80 countries unanimously supported the idea of holding the Forum on a regular basis – once every three years. 

The second Eurasian Women’s Forum will take place on 20–21 September 2018 in St. Petersburg at the Tavrichesky Palace.

The programme of the second Eurasian Women’s Forum, while maintaining continuity with the first Forum, responds to the contemporary international agenda and complies with the UN General Assembly Declaration ‘Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’.       

The Forum’s topic is ‘Women for Global Security and Sustainable Development’. 

Given the new realities, this topic addresses the growing demand for greater involvement of women in tackling urgent problems and also for the search for effective responses to the challenges of today, women’s comprehensive participation in the socially oriented sustainable development.    

In this respect, the Forum will focus on the problems of expanding women’s opportunities and their role in politics and economics, as well as building effective cooperation in supporting innovations, developing the digital economy, ensuring environmental security and promoting charity and humanitarian projects.        

The Forum is designed to enhance the processes of dialogue, integration and development of international cooperation as a whole. 

The Second Eurasian Women’s Forum will feature a whole range of international discussion platforms, meetings, open presentations and research projects by international organisations and associations, including a special session of UNIDO, UNESCO’s expert platform, a report by the World Health Organization, presentation of research by the International Labour Organization and a meeting of the BRICS Women Business Club. 

In addition to the official programme, delegates will also be able to take part in cultural and humanitarian exchange.  

History 

It was Valentina Matvienko, Speaker of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, who came up with the idea of establishing in Russia a high-profile international platform for discussing the new role and opportunities of women amid the challenges of the 21st century, which would consolidate female leaders and women’s associations in the interests of peace and humanitarian cooperation.   

The First Eurasian Women’s Forum was organized by the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States. 

The First Eurasian Women’s Forum was held on 24–25 September 2015 in St. Petersburg under the slogan ‘Towards peace, harmony and social well-being’. It reflected the positive trend towards consolidation of the female community in the name of peace, equity, harmony and social well-being. The Forum was met with such interest that it was “Eurasian” only in name: the event was attended by representatives of all five continents: over 1,000 female leaders from 80 countries, including members of parliament from several nations, representatives of the executive authorities, among them deputy prime ministers and ministers, members of the business community, academia and NGOs and prominent figures of the international feminist movement. 

At the plenary sessions and four discussion platforms (‘Women and Power: World’s Agenda of Sustainable Development’, ‘Women in Evolving Economy: New Opportunities and Challenges’, ‘Women in Shaping the Global Strategy of People’s Health’ and ‘Women in Developing Humanitarian Cooperation and Charity’), the Forum participants discussed the problems of sustainable development, the need to ensure environmental, food and informational security, the refugee situation, expansion of women’s role in politics, economics and business. 

The Forum’s programme also embraced presentations of humanitarian and charity projects, exhibitions and workshops.

The Forum results were stated in the Outcome Resolution reflecting the participants’ main ideas and proposals.   

The Outcome Resolution of the First Eurasian Women’s Forum, based on the ideas of humanizing international relations, appealed to the leaders of governments, political and public figures, academia and cultural echelons, the media and NGOs.

The document stressed the importance of strengthening the role of women in reaching the global sustainable development goals and implementing the new Post-2015 Development Agenda of the United Nations. The resolution was sent to the leaders of 166 nations and to 24 international organizations. 

The first Eurasian Women’s Forum gave a powerful impetus to holding regular women’s meetings in Russia and abroad for discussing urgent socioeconomic and humanitarian issues.       

To coordinate this work, the Working Group of the Eurasian Women’s Forum was set up in Russia, headed by Galina Karelova, Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council. The new body has helped establish women’s councils at a number of ministries, while also stimulating the development and implementation of twelve international projects devoted to enhancing the opportunities and role of women in politics, economics, global health strategy, environmental security, science, hi-tech sphere, including the digital economy and promotion of charity and humanitarian projects.