The third meeting of the PwC Knowledge Club


Moscow, April 5, 2019 - Last night PwC Russia held the third meeting of the PwC Knowledge Club. This time the discussion was focused on “Does gender equality exist in Russia?”.

According to data recently released by the World Bank, women have the same economic rights as men in only six countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, Luxemburg and Sweden). Globally, women enjoy about 75% of the legal protections of men during their working life. In Russia, the figure is even lower, even though there are theoretically no formal legal barriers that prevent Russian women from realising their full potential. 

Andrey Bystritskiy, Chairman of the Board, Foundation for the Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club, and Elena Topoleva-Soldunova, Director, ANO Social Information Agency, moderated the discussion.

Irina Gayda, Partner, PwC Strategy&, made a presentation in which she spoke about the problem of gender inequality in Russia and the world and presented the results of the survey on the role of women in business, that we conducted together with the NAFI Research Center.

Also the following persons have participated in the discussion: 

  • Nadezhda Azhgikhina, (Vice-President of the European Federation of Journalists; Member of the Gender Council of the International Federation of Journalists);
  • Larisa Zelkova (Senior Vice President, Head of the Personnel, Social Policy and Public Relations Unit, Member of the Management Board, Norilsk Nickel);
  • Olga Zdravomyslova, (Executive Director, International Foundation for Socio-Economic and Political Studies);
  • Tatiana Melnikova, (Doctor of Political Science, Professor of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration);
  • Galina Mikhaleva, (Doctor of Political Science, Professor of the Russian State University for the Humanities);
  • Dmitry Stapran, (Head of Project, Strategy and Operations, Energy Sector, PwC Russia, the winner of the “Leaders of Russia” contest);
  • Alena Geydt, (Managing Director, Organizational Development and Personnel Management, Group of Companies, Russian Export Center);
  • Aleksandra Lebedeva, (The winner of the “Leaders of Russia” contest, Regional Director of the international company "Lindstrom");
  • Valery Fedorov, (General Director, VCIOM).

According to the results of a small survey conducted during the event, the majority of participants believe that without external intervention, business is unlikely to be able to achieve gender equality.

Contact us

Anna Smischenko-Mironova

Head of communications, PwC Russia

Tel: +7 (495) 967 6172

Alina Fedorova

PR Senior Associate, PwC Russia

Tel: +7 (495) 967 6000 ext. 2017 

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