Putin opens Eurasian Women’s Forum in St. Petersburg

Putin opens Eurasian Women’s Forum in St. Petersburg

Russian President Vladimir Putin, addressing the Eurasian Women’s Forum in St. Petersburg, noted that Russia has always paid special attention to women.

"Russia contributes in significant ways to discussions on strategies designed to enhance the role of women in tackling global challenges," he said, stressing that this is not without reason. "Since Russia has always paid special attention to protecting mothers and children, as well as supporting women," the head of state explained. "I would go as far as to argue that we treat women in a special way, with tenderness, cordiality and sincerity," TASS cited Putin as saying.

"History provides us with quite a few extraordinary examples when women assumed responsibility for decisions that were pivotal for entire countries and nations," thwe presidet of Russia stressed.

According to him, "in today’s complex, rapidly changing world women are proactive and successful in many spheres, and play an increasingly important role in strengthening peace and security, which is their natural role, and contribute to addressing key socioeconomic and humanitarian problems."

The Second Eurasian Women’s Forum is taking place between September 19 and 21 at major convention centres and cultural venues in the historical centre of St Petersburg. The Tavrichesky Palace and the Parliamentary Centre serve as the main venue for the forum’s business programme. The forum is organised by the Federation Council and the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS, with support from a number of ministries, agencies and NGOs.