Delegation of the European Union to Russia

International Symposium "Women, Men and the Brave New World. Gender roles in Russia and in the EU"

Bruxelles, 22/03/2018 - 10:03, UNIQUE ID: 180322_5
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On 23-24 March European and Russian speakers will discuss a number of questions on gender.

Recently, gender issues have been debated with particular heat and ardor in Russia and in many countries in the world. Not only violence but also harassment is no longer tolerated and public discussion of these issues is no longer tabooed. Following the Hollywood anti-harassment scandal concerning Harvey Weinstein and other powerful agents in the film industry, actress Alyssa Milano called on everyone to join the social media campaign against violence and harassment #metoo. Shortly before that, an all-Ukrainian initiative #ЯнеБоюсьСказать (I Am Not Afraid to Say) spread all over Russia and Belarus with thousands of women and men sharing their traumatic experiences online. Ksenia Sobchak running for President of the Russian Federation also attracted some attention as the only woman in this race. However, despite these changes patriarchic role models in the family are still very present in Russia.

To understand the current changes in gender roles in both Russia and the EU and to try to compare experiences, we would like to invite everyone to the international symposium “Women, Men and the Brave New World. Gender roles in Russia and the EU”. Questions for discussion will include: How have the roles of women and men in society changed recently? What is the role of men in gender equality? Is there equal participation of men and women in all spheres of society? What do opponents and supporters of feminism argue about? Is there a "glass ceiling"? How to find balance between family and work?

The two-day symposium will become a platform for open discussion on these important and topical issues. Come and find out what is actually meant by “gender roles”, how and why they have changed in recent years, and whether gender stereotypes are still alive.

How will the symposium be organized?

23 March

DI Telegraph, 19.00

Tverskaya, 7

Panel discussion "What do we have in common? Gender roles in Russia and the EU "
Boris Grozovsky (Russia), Marina Yusupova (Russia), Vikki Turbain (Great Britain), Lyudmila Popkova (Russia), Yvonne Everhartz (Germany), Olga Isupova (Russia), and Kirill Martynov (Russia) will discuss the position and status of women in society in Russia and the EU.

March 24

Loft Aviator

Stoleshnikov pereulok, 6-3

Series of round tables

10.00-11.30 "Women in politics and politics for women"
Alena Popova (Russia), Mojka Pajnik (Slovenia), Heidi Ahola (Finnland), Yulia Zakablukovskaya (Russia) and Irina Kosterina (Russia) will debate the possibilities and limitations that women in politics come across, the "glass ceiling" and the feminist agenda in political circles.

12.00-13.30 "Gender policy in Russia and the EU"
How to solidarily combine work and family? Who should help whom? What are “family values”? Andrea Peto (Hungary), Zhanna Chernova (Russia), Marina Pisklakova-Parker (Russia) and Jens Siegert (Russia / Germany) will talk about gender policies in Russia and the EU

14.30-16.00 "Gender, traditions and modernization: new challenges, new opportunities"
Inna Hayrapetyan (Russia), Noemi Catona (Hungary), Evgeniya Zhukovskaya (Russia) and Irina Izotova (Russia) will discuss gender and traditions, the influence of religion and local culture on the status of women in society and the transformation of such concepts as "family" and "marriage".

Center for Documentary Films, 19.00

Zubovsky boulvar, 2 bld 7

Screening of a documentary "Government House" by Christiane Büchner about the famous Stalin's "House on the Embankment", its inhabitants and their destinies followed by a meeting with the film director.

In 1929, simultaneously with the beginning of the First Five-Year Plan, Stalin ordered to construct a building that the USSR government would inhabit. With its own dining room, cinema, theater and many shops, the house on the embankment became a kind of a microcosm. Memories and comments of the widows the descendants of the first generation of residents of this house become part of a very personal chronicle of the 20th century.

Entrance to all events of the symposium is free. Registration is needed:

The symposium is organised by the EU Delegation to Russia under the EU-Russia Public Diplomacy project.


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