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The Contribution of Female Innovators and Business Leaders to Shaping the Economy of the Future
12 September 2018
09:30—11:00
KEY CONCLUSIONS
The potential of women’s economic activity is underutilized

The topics of female leadership, the involvement of women in economic affairs, non-discrimination, overcoming existing stereotypes, which we still have unfortunately, despite all the progress, are essential — Victoria Panova, Vice-Rector for International Relations, FEFU.

See how difficult it is for us, in the presence of others <...> to admit to ourselves and brag about our achievements to others <...> According to the research we commissioned, a man asks for a raise often in cases where he meets only 60% of the vacancy requirements. A woman asks for a raise when she meets 100% of the requirements. We are much more demanding of ourselves — Marina Zhunich, Director for Government Relations, Google LLC.

Competitive advantage of women — mobility and responsibility

Men are more risk-taking than women, because we, no offence, nevertheless, have more responsibility for children — Irina Makieva, Deputy Chair, Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank).

We can do several things at the same time; we can quickly switch between different topics, <...> we can balance caring for the family and professional life. In this regard, it is essential that all, the business, the state and ourselves enable such balance — Natalya Tretyak, First Vice President, Gazprombank.

Public foundations provide fulfilment to women

[Many] being on maternity leave, look for an opportunity for realisation of personal potential <...>, for the opportunity to create their projects <...>, i.e. becoming entrepreneurs and simultaneously seeking the opportunity to manage their time. Having your own project provides such an opportunity — Ekaterina Rybakova, Co-Founder, Rybakov Foundation.

ISSUES
The fallibility of legislative support of working women

The law provides for a lot of benefits and preferences from the employer to women, but, unfortunately, the statutory provisions are mostly imperative and prohibitive — Natalya Tretyak, First Vice President, Gazprombank.

The status of women in society is declining

Now, of course, society is developing <...> Women play a significant role in this, but the status of a woman, pretty much, declines — Wang Ping, Chairman, China Chamber of Tourism.

SOLUTIONS
Support for employers enabling women

We have developed a large block of electronic 24/7 banking services. It is a completely different opportunity for business, compared to the time when there were no such technologies. Our women’s section here can easily give recommendations to the Government to develop a system of measures to support women enabling employers — Natalya Tretyak, First Vice President, Gazprombank.

Promotion of self-education

We realise that the next generation watches, not reads. It is, of course, a big disappointment for us, and through our cartoons and video content we try, nevertheless, to motivate them to read — Yuliana Slashcheva, Chairman of the Management Board, Soyuzmultfilm Creative Production Association.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS