About the EWF 

The Eurasian Women’s Forum is held once every three years under the patronage of Valentina Matvienko, Chairperson of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. The Second Eurasian Women’s Forum will take place in Saint Petersburg on September 202-21, 2018. The main topic for discussion at the forthcoming event is ‘Women for Global Security and Sustainable Development’. 

Today, the main tasks of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum are formulated as following: to strengthen international cooperation, to develop partnership and communication so as to find new solutions to empower women, and to expand their role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The Forum’s concept was already formed with the participation of the world's leading experts and international organisations. It is extensive in content, international coverage and formats for holding discussions. 

“When developing the concept and the programme, we took into account continuity with the previous Forum, consistency with the current international agenda, as well as the experience and results of our project activities”, said Valentina Matvienko. 


According to her, the key feature of the Forum is providing authoritative international organisations and associations with the opportunity to hold their meetings, panel sessions, and presentations of their key reports and studies.

Today, the architecture of the programme of the Second Eurasian Women's Forum includes 39 discussion platforms. They include discussion in various modern formats. Thus, the participants of the Forum will be able to visit foresight sessions, strategic sessions, international panel sessions, TED presentations, and workshops. The main topics for discussion concern the role of women in industry, entrepreneurship, sport, charity, agriculture, science, forming the Global Strategy for Health, etc. For the first time, panel sessions of UNIDO, UNESCO, alongside with presentations of the reports by the World Health Organisation, BRICS Women's Business Clubs, the International Labour Organisation, and the World Bank will take place in terms of the Forum. A separate discussion platform is planned to be dedicated to the meeting of Women 20. 

The specific feature of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum is that it had started before it was officially opened. 

“Our Forum is not just an event planned for a certain date for women to gather and discuss issues once in three years. It is an interactive dialogue, constant communication and regular work on a number of projects. It's not a coincidence that after the First Eurasian Women’s Forum we got new strong and effective teams. During this period, largely due to our initiative, there appeared many women’s clubs and projects from SCO, APEC, BRICS, and countries from the Arab world. Meetings and active dialogue with women working in industry, agriculture, and women leaders in municipalities, innovative technologies, medicine, and digital economy are being systematically carried out”, said Galina Karelova. 

The role of women in all fields of life has significantly increased over the years. Women from different countries unite their efforts to solve global socially significant issues for world peace. In this regard, the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum is of huge political and international importance in Russia and abroad.