MINSK, 14 October (BelTA) – A woman's mission is to prevent conflicts and to reconcile countries and peoples, Chair of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly Natalya Kochanova said at a plenary session “Women: A Global Mission in a New Reality” of the Third Eurasian Women's Forum in St. Petersburg, BelTA has learned.
“The delegates of this forum are truly active people who really care about the well-being and prosperity of today's and future generations,” Natalya Kochanova said.
Natalya Kochanova thanked Chairwoman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia Valentina Matviyenko for the idea to arrange the women's forum, which has grown into a global women's movement.
“I am confident that the woman's biggest mission is to ensure there are no conflicts, to reconcile countries and nations, to set everyone on the path towards creation and development. For me, an ideal of a woman is our patroness, St Euphrosyne of Polotsk. Because of her active peacemaking and educational activities, Euphrosyne is revered by Orthodox, Catholics, and Uniates. The modern world needs such women diplomats-peacemakers as never before. With the today's forum, we, too, have contributed to this great mission,” said the speaker.
Natalya Kochanova added: “Together we will be able to resist lies, falsehoods, fake news and protect our young people from detrimental information. We must tell the truth to the world. Our strength is in live human communication. United, women of goodwill can do a lot. Together, no matter where we are or what we do – be it politics, public initiatives, housekeeping - we must stand up for peace, safety, and confidence in the future. The future of humanity depends on us, women. I wish everyone peace, goodness, and health.
The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia and the CIS IPA are holding the third Eurasian Women's Forum in St. Petersburg on 13-15 October. The forum is held every three years and is themed around the ideas of integration and cooperation to strengthen the role of women in achieving sustainable development goals and new approaches to solving global problems in the wake of political, economic, technological, social and environmental changes. The forum brings together women parliamentarians, representatives of executive authorities, international organizations, global corporations, business circles, the scientific community, public organizations and charitable projects, and influential figures of the international women's movement.
The business program of the forum includes plenary sessions, strategic sessions, expert and panel discussions, including with public opinion leaders, parity discussions, public-private dialogues and business dialogues, foresight sessions, webinars and business breakfasts. Part of the forum's events take place both offline and online. Taking into account the measures in force to contain the coronavirus epidemic, such a formula will maximize the reach of the audience and its involvement in the work of the main events.
The program of the forum also included expert sessions hosted by international organizations and associations. These include the offsite meeting of W20, the sessions of UNIDO, UNESCO, World Bank, the BRIСS Women Business Alliance, a working meeting on improving gender balance in nuclear energy of the Nuclear Energy Agency, a meeting of the International Club of Winners and Participants of APEC's International Competition for Women's Projects, a summit of female diplomats and a meeting of the international club of female regional leaders.
In order to promote international cooperation of women and to build cooperation in new fields, the program of the forum also included an interactive exposition of expert projects of business ladies. There will also be a number of bilateral business dialogues with the participation of representatives of the international community of business ladies. Apart from the official agenda, the forum will offer a program of cultural and humanitarian exchange. There will be a traditional presentation of the awards of the Eurasian Women's Forum to distinguished women in recognition of their outstanding achievements in different areas and of the big contribution to the development of the society.