A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, congress, exhibitions, business, social and sporting, public, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation – a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, congress, exhibitions, business, social and sporting, public, and cultural events.

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 131 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 70 countries worldwide.

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Equal Opportunities in the Digital Age
6 June 2019
Russia promotes women’s agenda on the international arena

Women’s agenda for us appears incredibly important. Russia managed to present a whole range of programmes on the international level. During a UNIDO session [United Nations Industrial Development Organization, – Ed.] we presented a platform to advance women’s agenda in the countries where UNIDO has a mandate. We are very content, as a whole array of those ideas passed and certain steps are already being implemented — Galina Karelova, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation..

Digital economy provides ample self-fulfillment opportunities for women

Digital agenda today goes across all formats in all international organizations. All because modern opportunities provide numerous possibilities for a woman to fulfill herself. This is flexible schedule, chance to combine domestic work and raising kids with self-fulfillment, career-building, and self-development — Svetlana Lukash, Russian G20 Sherpa.

Only the countries that have admitted the importance of the transit to digital economy will see economic and social benefits. The rest will fall behind in terms of competitiveness, development and economic growth. <…> Government needs to admit the importance of digital economy to facilitate the transfer — Zeljka Cvijanovic, President of the Republic of Srpska.

ASI supported Internet Initiatives Fund that has over 300 successful female-led start-ups — Elena Myakotnikova, Corporate director, Agency for Strategic Initiatives.

New digital economy since it created multiple horizontal connections will most likely have a female face due to openness and adaptivity to everything novel — Tatyana Terentyeva, Director of Human Resources, ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation.

Women are more vulnerable in unstable regions

Out of 85–90 million starving people in the world, women and young women make up 60%. In the destabilized areas women carry the main burden. <…> When women get the same recources men used to have, we see wonderful change — David Beasley, Executive Director, The United Nations World Food Programme.

Russia does not have a gender inequality problem

What happens in Russia is dramatically different from what is happening in the West. There the news is made by 33% of women. In Russia it is a 50–50 split. <…> Despite this, women lack confidence and inspiring examples — Olga Paskina, Chief Executive Officer, National Media Group .

The gender inequality problem came from the West and it is forced on us by the West. Russia does not have this problem — Natalya Kaspersky, President of InfoWatch.

Negative influence of gender stereotypes in education and inequality in labour compensation

Women get about 21% less money for the same work, which later reflects in their pension funds. We try to help governments of different countries deal with this problem — Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

Digitalization, a step to the new way of life is not just process automation. Digitalization will call for a global reimagination of the skill set required to seamlessly go in and enjoy the fruits of digital economy and its opportunities. Currently, education programmes and labour recourses lay foundation for the future gap between men and women and their equality in the future — Ekaterina Inozemtseva, Chief Executive Officer, Skolkovo Forum.

The existing stereotypes get in the way of women getting technical degrees. Our school of digital economy accepted two thirds of young men and only one third of young women — Victoria Panova, Vice-Rector for International Relations, FEFU, Russian W20 Representative.

Unequal start in digitalization for different countries

Not every economy gets equal advantages from digitalization, since everyone has a different start. We move in different pace. The situation we are in is only going to further pull us apart — Zeljka Cvijanovic, President of the Republic of Srpska.

Low level of digital literacy among women

We collect data on the development of female entrepreneurship. 73% of women claim to use digitalization tools. However, turns out that the majority understands digitalization as looking for information online. Only 30% seriously implement digitalization instruments — Nadia Cherkasova, Deputy President and Chairman of the Management Board, Otkritie FC Bank; Chairperson of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Committee, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA .

Modernizing education programmes

We should promote girls and young women in mathematics and computer science. <…> In five years, they will not be competitive. We need to look for new ways, change the school curriculum, change attitudes in the family — Galina Karelova, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation..

We need to lay the educational foundation on the level of the elementary school that will let us transfer to digital economy — Ekaterina Inozemtseva, Chief Executive Officer, Skolkovo Forum.

We have launched a retraining programme in Serbia. It targets young people that graduated university with non-competitive professions. It will help them get retrained to find a job in the IT sector. We also work on creating centres all over the country that will help young people get knowledge and skills needed to enter technical universities — Zeljka Cvijanovic, President of the Republic of Srpska.

Implementing professional growth measures for women

We can single out three packages of measures. First is creating condition to combine home and work. Russia has one of the most advanced social and mother and child care systems. <…> Second package is discrimination prevention at work: it is a nearly 30% pay gap between and women. Third package aims to stimulate entrepreneurial activity: it is the development of digital literacy — Svetlana Lukash, Russian G20 Sherpa.

Targeted help for women in the countries with traditional men’s governance

We spend USD 2.2 billion to help cultures and countries where men have all the money and women have to ask for it — David Beasley, Executive Director, The United Nations World Food Programme.

Creating conditions for working mothers

We provide an opportunity for women to do what they like, we help mothers with special support programmes — Iris Dzeba, Chief Executive Officer, IBM in Russia and the CIS.

When a woman becomes a mother, she needs help: she needs to continue working. We need to create conditions for working mothers, for entrepreneurs, for working women. We need to advertise and promote them — Natalya Kaspersky, President of InfoWatch.

Promoting the image of a successful woman

In life it matters to understand that you must not be afraid of anything and you need to move. <…> When young women see the examples of successful women, it motivates them to move on — Aysel Trudel, Co-Founder, Member of the Board of Directors, Aizel.ru .

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS