The Eurasian Association of Women Regional Leaders held a meeting on 16 December 2021.
During the online meeting, the Association members recapped the results of 2021, discussed the implementation of joint projects and a cooperation strategy, and also outlined a work plan for 2022–2024. They held a detailed discussion about a project to create the Eurasian Association of Women Regional Leaders Public Diplomacy Fund as well as STEM education for girls.
The meeting participants were greeted by Deputy Speaker of the Russian Federation Council Galina Karelova.
Commenting on the Association’s priorities for 2022–2024, Natalia Komarova, the governor of the Khanty–Mansi Autonomous District – Yugra and a project coordinator on the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum, spoke about the promotion of women’s achievements in science, culture, and art; the protection of women’s rights and interests and their dignified position in society; enhancing their role in social, political, economic, and cultural life; and organizing a unified information platform for international cooperation to draft foreign policy decisions.
Concluding the meeting, UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Alia El-Yassir invited women entrepreneurs from Yugra to take part in 27 educational modules, thematic workshops, and master classes being offered by experienced mentors.
BRICS International Forum President Purnima Anand put forward an initiative to hold Yugra Days in India’s capital Delhi and Indian Independence Day in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District.
Maria Afonina, the vice rector for educational activities at the Senezh Management Workshop of the ‘Russia – the Country of Opportunities’ autonomous non-profit organization, for her part, announced that the international programme ‘Woman Leader’ would be held in 2022.
At present, the Association is comprised of 211 participants from 28 regions of Russia and 30 countries. They include parliamentarians, businesswomen, representatives of non-profit organizations, youth movement leaders, scientists, cultural figures, and regional leaders. The Association’s portal women-leaders.ru contains information about more than 200 projects that are being tested in the regions and are ready for replication.