This report analyzes Russia's compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). It examines Russia's implementation of each of the provisions specified in CEDAW through two types of analyses: an assessment of Russian laws relevant to women’s rights and their compliance with CEDAW; and an assessment of the extent to which women actually enjoy the rights and protections set forth in CEDAW. Read more
This toolkit provides you with resources and ideas to help focus your efforts to fight domestic violence, sexual violence and trafficking and to give you a framework for action. It contains not only specific case studies of women across the globe, but it also provides policy background as well as concrete examples of what you can do to mount a campaign to combat human trafficking, sexual violence or domestic violence. Contact the authors at sfoster[at]stepheniefoster.com and cindydyer[at]vitalvoices.org. Read more
This report analyzes the current situation in Russia with regard to different forms of gender inequality. It identifies key policy areas towards achievement of the third Millennium Development Goal, with respect to the specific Russian context. It also examines issues such as gender equality in the labor market; economic inequality and poverty; gender equality and health; gender aspects of violence; and women's political representation. Read more
This paper describes experiences of the CIS countries with integrating gender equality in national policies and budgets. It includes recommendations on improving gender analysis throughout national plans, strengthening links between policy and budgets, improving statistical development, and increasing national civil service capacities. Read more
Russia is known for being a patriarchal country, but despite considerable barriers, some women leaders have managed to reach high levels in the political hierarchy.
Women make up only 13 percent of deputies in the Russian State Duma (61 seats out of 450, following the 2012 national elections), and at the federal level, their representation is even lower - at 6 percent.
In 2012, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Russian was ranked 96 - as one of the bottom countries in terms of women’s participation in politics and decision-making processes, along with Somalia and Swaziland -... Read more
This article discusses the implications of unequal political representation and participation of women and men in the Russian Federation. It also describes the importance of including gender issues in the Russian policy agenda for achieving true democracy and building gender-equitable society. Read more
Fifteen years after the assassination of Russian MP and human rights activist Galina Starovoitova, those who masterminded her death are yet to be brought to justice. Starovoitova was shot to death in the lobby of her apartment in St. Petersburg on 20th November 1998. Four men have been serving jail sentences since 2005 as perpetrators and accomplices in the murder with progress on identifying those actually behind the killing remaining slow. However, with the recent indictment of former MP MikhaiI Gluschenko as the man who organized Starovoitova’s murder, IPU trusts the Russian authorities... Read more
Chairperson of the Federation Council of Russia (the upper chamber of parliament) Valentina Matvienko has been recognized to be the most influential woman in Russia for two years running. The list of the top 100 female figures in politics, culture and business is a project of the Russian media.
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The head of the resurgent Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, said on Tuesday feminism was a "very dangerous" phenomenon offering an illusion of freedom to women who should focus on their families and children.
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Until recently, Russian legislators completely ignored the respective rights of women. Only in 1996, the Russian government approved a regulation "concept for the advancement of women in the Russian Federation." One of the strategic goals, according to this concept is to facilitate the participation of women in decision-making at all levels.
In addition, the same year was issued Presidential Decree "On strengthening the role of women in the federal government and state authorities of the Russian Federation". This document is interesting in the sense that decides to "consider the possibility... Read more
Three women from the Russian punk band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in jail on Friday for staging a protest against President Vladimir Putin in a church, a ruling supporters described as his "personal revenge".
The group's backers burst into chants of "Shame" outside the Moscow courthouse and said the case showed Putin was cracking down on dissent in his new six-year term as president. Dozens were detained by police when scuffles broke out.
The United States and the European Union condemned the sentence as disproportionate and asked for it to be reviewed, although state... Read more
Three members of the Russian female punk band Pussy Riot are among the eight candidates nominated for the 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
The trio, who were imprisoned for staging a musical protest derogatory to President Vladimir Putin at Moscow's main cathedral early this year, were nominated on Thursday by Werner Schulz, German member of the European Parliament.
Moscow's Khamovniki District Court on August 17 sentenced Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich to two years in prison for storming the altar of Christ the Savior Cathedral on February 21... Read more
Afghanistan woman member of Parliament, 30-year-old Malalai Joya, has been conferred the prestigious Anna Politkovskaya Award for her work in defending human rights. The award, set up in memory of Russian investigative journalist, Anna Poli-tkovskaya, who was killed in Moscow on October 7, 2006, is given every year to a woman human rights defender from a conflict zone in the world.
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The opinion poll was conducted on 16-17 July 2011 in Russia about the participation of women in politics. 1,600 respondents in 138 villages from 46 regions of Russian Federation participated in the survey.According to the survey, only 37 % of respondents would like to see more women participating in Russian politics while in 1998, there were 45 %. On the contrary, the proportion of those who believe that Russia has enough women politicians increased from 27% in 1998 to 33% in 2011.Interestingly, 50 % off respondents supports the idea of quotas to guarantee women's representation in... Read more
Russia’s new public movement, which embraces the most successful of career women, is set on nominating a candidate who will win the 2018 presidential election.The movement’s leader Olga Kryshtanovskaya comments.
"The share of women in politics should increase, she says. Women make up 53 percent in the Russian society as a whole but only 6 percent engage in politics. The movement is set to attract more women to the policy-making process. Our aim is to secure a woman president for Russia in 2018."
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Several women leaders are hoping for a higher representation in parliament after the December 2 elections than the present 10 percent.
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Human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights.”
So proclaimed Hillary Clinton, US First Lady at the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995, in a landmark speech of her career.
Despite Clinton’s words echoing around the world for close on 20 years, one must ask: What has changed?
Earlier this month, at a United Nations commemoration of International Women's Day, Clinton said that important progress has been made, such as the increasing number of girls in school and women in elected office, and the repeal of many discriminatory laws.
"Yet for... Read more
This discussion is aimed to shed light on the following questions:
1. What strategies have women’s caucuses developed to shape national policy agendas in different thematic areas (e.g. economy, security, health, environment, education and others( in ways that are gender-responsive? What are opportunities and challenges in this respect? What further measures are recommended to strengthen the capacities of women’s caucuses to promote gender equality and sustainable, equitable development in their daily work? What specific measures are recommended that target young women leaders as future... Read more