Third Eurasian Women’s Forum: Women A Global Mission in New Reality

The Eurasian Women’s Forum convened since 2015, has become the largest international platform bringing female leaders from all over the world to a venue where they can discuss the role of women in the modern world and work out novel approaches to addressing and solving global problems that confront mankind.

Under the current leadership of Valentina Matvienko, Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the Eurasian Women’s Forum particular aim is to discuss upon new opportunities and roles for women and highlights women’s role in working for peace and humanitarian collaboration The platform has gained global acclaim as a significant initiative for dialogue and debate to cultivate viewpoints for women who have the power to influence political, social, and economic decisions. It promotes the rising engagement of women in addressing emerging global challenges, such as women empowerment, the role of women in science, technology, politics, high-tech sector, the digital economy, and the advancement of humanitarian projects. In a nutshell, The Eurasian Women’s Forum is a significant worldwide initiative that serves as an established platform for debating women’s roles in modern society and a tool to guide actions for sustainable development.

The First Eurasian Women’s Forum was organized in September on the particular theme “Towards Peace, Harmony, and Social Well-being”. Female members of Parliament, members of various executive and legislative bodies, scientists, entrepreneurs, and people in business from 80 countries participated in the first Forum. The critical component of the 2015’s Forum was the role of the female leaders in establishing cordial ties among states.  Discussions were also conducted on social welfare, women empowerment, and sustainable development goals, shifting economies, cooperation to achieve trust and progress, and prospectus of women’s participation in national development. In the Eurasian Women’s Forum of 2015, participants decided to convene the Forum once every three years.

The Second Eurasian Women’s Forum was organized in Saint-Petersburg on 19-21 September with the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Under the Forum, 65 events were held, and thousands of people from 110 countries participated in the Forum’s events. While the broader theme of the second Eurasian Women Forum was sustainable development and peace, with keeping in mind the ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.’ At the same time, debate was focused on three significant areas: promoting Women’s Rights: International Cooperation and Global Initiatives in Women’s Interests, the Role of Women in Sustainable Development Goals and Global Security, and New Opportunities. The 2018 Forum culminated in inking several bilateral agreements to advance the worldwide agenda: promotion of women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment, health protection, cultivation of opportunities for women in sports, science, and agriculture.

The latest, Third Eurasian Women’s Forum was held on 13-15 October 2021 in Saint Petersburg; the Eurasian Women’s Forum 2021 exposited on the importance of women’s contributions to constructing a strong and secure future. The event was hosted by the Federation Council and the Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States. The Roscongress Foundation manages the Eurasian Women’s Forum.

The central theme selected for the event was ‘Women: Global Mission in a New Reality.’ According to the event organizers, the issue of equal rights holds tremendous significance in the contemporary world. The Forum was focused on exploring new approaches to address emerging issues, shaping women’s roles to achieve sustainable development goals through cooperation and participation.

Eurasian Women Forum as a platform provides for discussions, strategic debates among representatives of international organizations, discussions among government officials, construct public dialogues, conferences, seminars, business discussions, and breakfasts. The representatives of diverse nationalities attended the event. Regional and international organizations gathered to discuss multiple frameworks to enhance women’s participation in various areas, including security, health, economy, peace, ecology, agriculture, high-tech, digitalization, ecology, social development, and health. Significantly, the President of the Russian Federation also addressed the participant of the Forum.

Representatives from around 100 countries, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, World Health Organization (WHO), the Inter-Parliamentary Union, International Labour Organization (ILO), W20, BRICS, and other multilateral strategic and business-related organizations participated in Third Eurasian Women’s Forum. Opening statement was made by Valentina Matvienko, the founder of the Forum. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin addressed the participants on October 14, 2021. In his address, President Putin stated: “The Eurasian Women’s Forum, as a platform for international dialogue, new initiatives, and development of common approaches to global problems, makes the realistic achievement of the goals you discuss at this forum closer.” President Putin further added, “the Forum brings together women who are political leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists in the public sector from more than 100 countries worldwide, which is unbelievable in light of the current circumstances in the world today.”

An open and enlightening discussion was held on theme-based issues classified by numerous subjects. Theme-based approach effectively engaged participants from relevant areas of experts in various activities. There were the multiple sessions to deliberate and debates the multiple issues, including: Women in Media, New Leadership Models, Building Conscious Consumption Teams, Women Protecting the Planet, Research Projects on Climate Change, Women in Agribusiness, Women Leaders in International Tech and Innovation Projects, Promoting Women’s Leadership, Women’s role in the Development of Social Enterprises and Pharmaceuticals, BRICS Women’s Business Alliance and exploring new opportunities for Women in the Digital Age. The discussions took place on the Eurasian Women’s Forum by thematic leads, pitch sessions, scientific and practical discussions, Agro Cinema Lounge, Public Talks, open dialogue, thematic sessions, international dialogues, strategic sessions, multilateral global dialogues, business breakfast, and brunch.

President Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR) Amna Malik represented Pakistan at the ‘Third Eurasian Women’s Forum’ in St. Petersburg, Russia. Amna Malik participated in the forum and discussed the role of women in development and nation-building. She highlighted Pakistan’s commitment to women’s human rights and gender equality and stressed that Pakistan had adopted multiple national and international commitments aimed at women empowerment, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and the Sustainable Development Goals. Amna Malik reminded that within the Pakistani context significant national commitments have been adopted which include Gender Equality Policy Frameworks, the National Plan of Action on Human Rights, and Women’s Empowerment Packages and Initiatives. She stressed formulating policies to enhance international cooperation to implement gender equality, enhance women’s role in Digitalization and Economic Development, promote women’s participation in corporate governance, fight against climate change, development, and Cooperation for Peace. 

During this exchange of views, the participants closely examine the emerging dynamics, evaluating significant problems concerning and realizing the significance of a strategic approach to ensure women’s prosperity and sustainable development. Accordingly, in the final document of the Third Eurasian Women’s Forum, the participants expressed their determination:

  • to the Mission of women in establishing a new agenda to maintain trust and peace
  • to the Mission of women in social transformation
  • to the Mission of women in playing a collective role for a healthy society
  • to the Mission of women in digitalization and economic development
  • to the Mission of women to protect the world by establishing an idea of conscious consumerism and an ecologically sustainable future.

Under the Third Eurasian Women’s Forum umbrella, all the participants call upon the international organizations, world leaders, countries, and national public institutions to take conclusive action in the mentioned areas.

International Cooperation for Peace and Trust: Principles

The participants confirm their commitment to contribute to the accomplishment of 2030 Sustainable development goals and their determination to implement, deliver, and monitor SDG progress as a precondition to increase life quality: to share knowledge and practices to prevent violence against women during armed conflicts and natural catastrophes.

  • To take adequate measures to enhance women’s engagement in conflict prevention and resolution, along with post-conflict scenarios in peacebuilding efforts.
  • To encourage and facilitate equal participation of women in all levels of the conflict resolution process, such as negotiations, discussions, monitoring, and implementations of multilateral or bilateral agreements to ensure peace.
  • To continuously encourage the role of women in international and associations, including, United Nations, WHO, UNIDO, EAEU, BRICS, IPU and, the Women’s Twenty.

Social Transformation: Principles

The participants stressed the need to give special attention to initiatives to decrease inequality caused by the wage disparity between men and women. In context the Third Eurasian Women’s Forum expressed commitment to developing multilateral programs and initiatives to people, promoting children care services, and providing facilities for disabled, senior citizens, and preschool children. The participants confirmed their commitment to enhancing women’s participation in decision-making and strategic planning to develop socio-economic and political development.

Digitalization and Economic Development: Principles

In digitization and economic development, Third Eurasia Women’s Forum recommended developing and implementing plans to make STEM subjects more appealing to women and girls to participate effectively in the respective fields. To further achieve this goal, the Forum asserted that inspirational success stories should be conveyed to young girls and train them accordingly. It is essential to create suitable conditions and develop mechanisms to facilitate these processes for women. Women researchers and scientists must be promoted to give them more space and enable other young girls to play their positive part in the future.

To conclude, the Eurasian Women’s Forum has emerged as the most prominent worldwide Forum of women leaders to explore the role of women in the modern world order and formulate new approaches to address emerging global challenges. In order to make better use of women leaders’ potential and foster their commitments the participants affirmed their commitments to promote favorable conditions for business, trade, human development, global peace, digitalization, social transformation, and an ecologically sustainable future to promote sustainable development.

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Author is Editor of the Melange International Magazine and Research Associate at Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR). Her research interests include South Asian Security and Strategic issues. Her analysis of these issues has featured in national and international publication platforms.