On April, 3, 2018 the Far Eastern Federal University organized a Webinar on the digital inclusion of women within the framework of W20 consultation process, hosted by Argentina, this year’s G20 chair. FEFU Vice President for International Relations and Delegate of Russia to W20 Summit Dr. Victoria Panova opened the Webinar with the introductory note on the current trends on women’s role in shaping the world economy.
“Science, technology and innovations will play a key role in realizing Agenda 2030, while the number of women in these fields are still low in the world’s leading economies. Women remain underrepresented in engineering, energy, industry, construction physics and computer science enrollments, constituting less than 30% in most countries” – Dr. Panova stated. She also shared information on the research done by the Asia Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL) working group of Asia Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) of which she is part of and talked about necessary advancements for women empowerment in education and socio-economic and humanitarian development.
The Seminar gathered W20 Delegates, national women networks leaders, experts and leading researchers, continuing the discussion in this vein. W20 Delegate of China Ms. Charlotte Tse and W20 Argentina 2018 Content Advisor Ms. Georgina Sticco emphasized the significant role of women in positions of power in fostering G20 economies and exchanged opinions on the instruments of collecting data on women participation in economic processes. Presentations were also delivered by Ms. Ann-Maree Morrison, W20 Delegate of UK and Ms. Anna Sergeeva, Women's Power Union representative and W20 Delegate of Russia. Ms. Ksenia Shevtsova, young researcher from FEFU presented overview of Russia’s case with regards to the contribution of women into the spheres of education, science and new technologies development.
During the Webinar participants shared the best practices and ideas, which included introducing fiscal policy with a family quotient, conducting joint research work on gender issues and fostering women networks and unions as well as ensuring that national legal frameworks protect women’s rights. One of the ideas that grew out of discussion was on the establishment of global educational platform allowing for women to share their best practices, introduce special seminars and trainings and talk about opportunities existent able to ensure gender balanced and inclusive sustainable development.
Digital inclusion is one of W20 focus topics in terms of Argentina’s Presidency in 2018, while the Future of Work is determined as the priority agenda for the G20 Leaders Summit.
Far Eastern Federal University expresses its gratitude to Argentinian partners for their contribution in organizing this Webinar as well as its readiness to will be further involved into W20 consultation process. As of 2017, there are 3822 women working at the Far Eastern Federal University, 1044 of them are employed as academic staff, constituting 62% of its total number. Besides, 1093 women hold administrative positions at FEFU, which is three times more than the amount of male managers in the University.