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The EU Delegation to Russia supports an international online festival on gender education

Moscow, 09/11/2020 - 13:41, UNIQUE ID: 201109_10
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The Fourth Gender Literacy Festival Moscow FemFest will take place on November 21-22, with the Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation as its general partner. This year, for the first time, it will be held online and feature international speakers.

The festival will offer a rich program: 18 hours of discussions, debates and performances with speakers from Russia and the EU, including Oksana Pushkina, Malena Mard, Aleska Simkic, Alena Popova, Marcella Pirrone, Marina Pisklakova-Parker, Maurizio Mosca, Nastya Krasilnikova, Isabella Lenarduzzi and many others.

The first day will be devoted to socio-cultural and political issues, including protection of women’s rights and their well-being in Russia and in the world and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on this process. On the second day, the experts will talk about the economic security of women. They will discuss the current system of economic inequality in terms of gender division and talk about how it can be improved.

"Equality between men and women is a core principle of the European Union. The EU aims at a world where the rights of girls and women are claimed, valued and respected by all, and where everyone is able to fulfil their potential and contribute to a more fair and just society for all", says Aleska Simkic, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Russia.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the festival will go online. The main virtual venues of the festival will be the Moscow FemFest website and YouTube channel; live streaming will be organized on the partners' social networks, leading to more people being able to “attend” the festival, including from regions across Russia.

Moreover, to create the sense of actual presence, the organizers offer a special mobile application EventRocks with thematic chats, rooms for communicating with participants and speakers, contests from partners, a book market and other usual festival activities.

Finally, the festival is launching a contest to support women's initiatives, products and projects, as well as ideas aimed at increasing the well-being and safety of women in Russia. To take part please fill in the form by 22.22 on 12 November.

More information about the festival 

Registration is open 

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