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The XXI century will be a сentury either of total all-embracing crisis or of moral and spiritual healing that will reinvigorate humankind. It is my conviction that all of us - all reasonable political leaders, all spiritual and ideological movements, all  faiths - must help in this transition to a triumph of humanism and justice, in making the XXI century a century of a new human renaissance.

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6 декабря 2012

The 21st Century Woman: New Opportunities and New Challenges international conference: 6 December 2012


On 6 December 2012, the Gorbachev Foundation hosted international conference themed The 21st Century Woman: New Opportunities and New Challenges” and co-organised byThe Gorbachev Foundation, The Heinrich Böll Foundation in Russia and Memorial International Society.

Speakers at the conference included Mikhail Gorbachev.
The conference, which brought together researchers, public figures, and civil society activists, consisted of two sessions. 
Session 1, Women in a Globalizing World: Agenda for the 21st Century, discussed lessons of the 20th Century as regards achieving gender equality, as well as unresolved problems and new opportunities for women and men in 21st Century. Speakers at the session included Christa Wichterich, social scientist, writer, member of the Women in Development Europe (WIDE); Claudia Mitchell, James McGill Professor, McGill University, Canada; Donna Norton, National Campaign Director at MomsRising; and Jens Siegert, social scientist, Director of the Böll Foundation in Russia.
Session 2, Russian Women: Between the Past and the Present focused on the issues related to the changes in the situation of Russian women that took place over the past 25 years, as well as their life strategies, and the attitudes in society towards gender equality. Presentations were made by Lyudmila Popkova, Director of the Samara Gender Studies Center, expert with the UN WOMEN CIS SRO; Nadezhda Azhgikhina, Secretary of the Union of Russian Journalists; Alena Popova, Founder and Managing Partner, Open Project Foundation; Grigory Kertman, head of analytical research at the Public Opinion Foundation; and Olga Kamenchuk, social scientist, Communications Director, the Russian Public Opinion Research Center.
Round Table “Opportunities and Challenges for the New Generation” took place as part of the conference, with speakers including Larisa Pautova, social scientist, Programme Director, Public Opinion Foundation; Natalya Bitten, journalist; Yulia Ostrovskaya, lawyer, Deputy Director, Labour Rights Centre; Nikolai Vinnik, journalist; Pamela Teitelbaum, researcher at McGill University, Canada; Zhanna Chernova, social scientist at the Higher School of Economics State University – St. Petersburg; Boris Denisov, demographer, Moscow State University Professor; Aleksandr Molokhov, lawyer; and Valentina Melnikova, Executive Secretary, The Union of the Committees of Soldiers’ Mothers of Russia.
Co-hosting the Conference were Olga Zdravomyslova, Executive Director,The Gorbachev Foundation) and Irina Kosterina, Gender Democracy Project Coordinator,The Heinrich Böll Foundation.
The conference was held as part of The Gorbachev Readings Project.
Conference papers:


 Claudia Mitchell: Feminist remembering: Productive remembering in changing times. 

Also read (in Russian):
Round Table “Girlhood Studies: Agenda and Prospects” was held as a follow-up event to the conference.