A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5000 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 133 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 70 countries worldwide.

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Opening and session. Women leaders and their role in socioeconomic development
13 September 2018
11:00—11:45
Today, we are witnessing steady growth in women’s participation in economies throughout the world, helping to promote socioeconomic wellbeing and tackle demographic and social issues in the countries concerned. Increasing access to education, introducing digital technologies, and implementing programmes to overcome gender inequality all enable women to realize their creative, entrepreneurial, and managerial potential in various sectors of the economy. However, a number of obstacles to the fully fledged development of women still exist in the form of stereotypes regarding their role and opportunities compared to men, and the qualitative participation of women in the labour market. According to Grant Thornton International, Russia’s score on the Gender Inequality Index has not changed significantly over the past three years (68.1% in 2015 and 68% in 2017), the wage gap stands at 30%, and women lead only 26 organizations included in RBC’s index of the 500 largest companies.

How can broadening the opportunities open to women in business, the economy, and other areas contribute to economic growth, the sustainable development of society, and social innovation?
What needs to be done to overcome existing barriers?
What patterns of behaviour should be followed by women who want to become leaders in business, politics, and other areas traditionally dominated by men?

Date
13.09.2018
Forum
EEF
Started at
11:00—11:45
Conference hall
Building A, level 6, NPO LAB: Social Impact Lounge
Analytics on the topic