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Eurasian Women’s Forum Holds Visiting Lounge ‘Women in the Nuclear Industry: Development Trajectory’

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Deputy Chairwomen of the Federation Council and Chairwoman of the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum Galina Karelova took part in a meeting of a EWF visiting lounge dedicated to boosting women’s involvement in the nuclear industry.

The discussion participants noted that new trends are actively being developed in the nuclear industry, such as nuclear medicine, centres of nuclear science and technology, and much more. Karelova stressed that active involvement by women in all aspects of life is an important resource and offers intellectual potential for the country’s sustainable development.

IAEA data shows that women currently make up 22.4% of the nuclear sector. “At first glance, there are already many women working in the industry. But as science and technology develops, new niches are appearing. Women are most interested in projects that aim to care for the environment and, as a result, preserve the health of future generations,” Karelova said.

Existing international trends show that women’s involvement in the nuclear industry is increasing. Many countries have set the goal of increasing the proportion of women in the industry to 40–50%. “We can talk about this not only in terms of creating new opportunities for women, but also promoting technical professions starting from childhood,” she said.

Karelova said that an international working group of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency on the establishment of equal gender ratios among nuclear industry workers will be held on the sidelines of the Eurasian Women’s Forum for the first time.

The discussion was attended by: Anzhelika Khaperskaya, co-founder of the Uniting Women in the Nuclear Industry foundation and a member of the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum; Gulnara Bikkulova, a member of the IAEA working group; Alesya Yunikova, a member of the international working group of the OECD NEA; Anna Tobolenko, chairwoman of the Career Guidance Committee of the Association of Women in the Nuclear Industry Foundation; Olga Golovikhina, advisor to the deputy director general of the National Operator for Radioactive Waste Management, and Alexandra Ryabykh, head of PR and GR at Gidrospetsgeologiya.

The visiting lounge of the Eurasian Women’s Forum was organized by the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum, the Roscongress Foundation’s social platform – the Innosocium Foundation, and the Association of Women in the Nuclear Industry Foundation for Support and Development of Women’s Initiatives.