In response to a request from female students for additional support in their studies and employment, the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia launched the Women’s League project for young girls to be able to find a mentor who will help them gain work experience and build a career.The Women’s League project was first presented at the Russian Creative Week and was discussed at the Eastern Economic Forum. The third Eurasian Women’s Forum announced that the project starts to accept applications.
More than 50 women leaders from various sectors and industries – education, culture, business, public service and economics – have confirmed their participation in the first season of the project. Among 50 mentors who will take patronage over the participants of the Women’s League project are Olga Batalina, First Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection, Olga Yarilova, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, Svetlana Zhurova, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, Anastasia Tatulova, Public Ombudsman for small and medium business, Tatyana Moskalkova, Human Rights Ombudsman in the Russian Federation, Elena Pronicheva, General Director of the Polytechnic Museum, and others.
“In the Year of Science and Technology, we are discussing the issue of women’s leadership at various venues. We were repeatedly contacted by girls who said that they needed a project through which they could gain expertise and skills from successful women leaders in Russia. This is the way the project of female mentorship for female students from all over the country was born,” said Elena Druzhinina, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, who initiated the project.
Applications for participation in the project can be submitted on the website of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia.