Promotional Event on Gender Equality

The ILO Subregional Office in Moscow organized a big promotional event around the theme of gender equality, which took place in the Russian State Library and in the House of Journalists in Moscow.

News | 31 October 2003

The exhibition of gender publications attracted much attention

House of Journalists: A group photograph

Address by Pauline Barrett-Reid, ILO Moscow Director

At the awarding ceremony
The first part of the event – at the Russian State Library - included an exhibition of international and national gender publications; a presentation of a new ILO publication “Gender Equality: in Search for New Solutions”; and the launch of the ILO-Moscow gender website.

The gathering was attended by leading gender experts, ILO tripartite constituents, NGOs, representatives from UN organizations, World Bank, Embassies, mass media. In her opening speech, Pauline Barrett-Reid, ILO Office Director, called information and raising public awareness a very strong and effective tool in promoting gender equality. All participants pointed out the importance of the exhibition organized by the ILO at the biggest depository of Russia. As Vladimir Fedorov, General Director of the Russian State Library, pointed out, the exhibition presents a variety of interesting books, media publications, studies, manuals, policy papers and practical guides on gender issues and gives an opportunity to assess the achievements of Russian and international institutions in promoting gender equality. The exhibition will be open in the Russian State Library and available for all visitors for a month.

A new ILO publication “Gender Equality: in Search for New Solutions” that was also officially presented at the Russian State library, is already well known to the Russian-speaking audience. Although today gender discrimination on the labour market is recognized by most of the experts and policy-makers and is being seriously discussed, still many of its forms and manifestations remain hidden and are not properly analyzed. ILO Moscow decided to fill in this gap and commissioned competent national experts to highlight a number of new and interesting topics that make the whole picture of gender asymmetry on the labour market more complete and multi-faceted. The publication covers such important issues as gender discrimination in informal economy, gender expertise of wages, vulnerability of old-age workers, gender aspects of the pension reform, the gap in return on investments for girls’ and boys’ education, division of family responsibilities and home work, masculinity and new gender roles in society. The book also contains the article on gender audit methodology as a new tool to assess the effectiveness of gender mainstreaming.

The event was concluded by an official opening of a ILO-Moscow website on gender equality So far this professionally designed website contains mainly information in English, which is to be supplemented by a full set of Russian materials by the end of the year.

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On the same day the House of Journalists hosted the final seminar and the awarding ceremony for the winners in the all-Russia journalists contest devoted to gender equality. The competition was conducted by the Union of Journalists in the framework of the RF/ILO project “Development and Promotion of the Gender Strategy of the Russian Federation”, and in close collaboration with the Canadian partners from CIDA’s project “Women on the Labour Market”, who gave awards to the winners.

The contest jury was confronted with a challenging task – to select the best among more than 250 media-products (articles, radio programmes, films). At the awarding ceremony twenty journalists from different regions of Russia received diplomas for their outstanding participation in the contest, and three journalists have become the winners: the editor-in-chief of a newspaper “Woman” from Kazan (Tatarstan), the author of a popular radio programme “The Best Half”, Mayak-24 national radio, and the author of a special supplement to the magazine “Krestianka” (Moscow).

The awarding ceremony was greeted by Pauline Barrett-Reid, ILO Office Director, Stefan Vassilev, UN Resident Coordinator in the Russian Federation, Mary Collins, representative of the CIDA project. The general spirit of the event was very well expressed by a journalist from the Murmansk region who said: “We got together today to show what has been done by the Russian media in promoting gender equality. When we meet next time, I hope we’ll be able to see real changes and practical results of our efforts”.

В тот же день в московском Доме журналистов состоялось заключительное заседание семинара для журналистов, а также церемония награждения победителей всероссийского конкурса журналистов, организованного в рамках совместного проекта Министерства труда и МОТ «Развитие и продвижение Гендерной стратегии Российской Федерации». Партнерами МОТ выступили представители проекта CIDA (Канадское агентство международного развития ) «Женщины на рынке труда», которые вручили призы победителям конкурса.

Перед жюри стояла нелегкая задача - выбрать лучшие из более чем 250 публикаций (статей, радиопрограмм, фильмов), представленных на конкурс. По итогам конкурса двадцать журналистов получили почетные дипломы, а победителей было трое: главный редактор газеты "Женщина" (г. Казань), ведущая программы "Лучшая половина" радиостанции «Маяк-24» (г. Москва) и редактор приложения к журналу "Крестьянка" (г. Москва).

На церемонии награждения выступили: директор Бюро МОТ Полин Барет –Рид, резидент-координатор системы ООН в РФ Стефан Василев, представитель проекта CIDA Мэри Коллинз. Общую атмосферу и настрой встречи выразила журналист из Мурманска, которая сказала: «Сегодня мы собрались, чтобы показать, что сделала российская пресса для продвижения гендерного равенства. Надеюсь, что когда мы встретимся в следующий раз, мы уже увидим конкретные результаты наших сегодняшних усилий».