On 29 January 2019 the launch event of the project “Co-operation on the implementation of the Russian Federation National Action Strategy for Women (2017-2022)” took place. The project will be implemented by the Council of Europe, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The financial support is provided by the European Union and the Council of Europe.

The project will be focused on developing knowledge and skills in two areas of the Russian National Action Strategy for Women (2017-2022):

1) preventing social disadvantage of women and violence against women and

2) women’s participation in public and political life.

The ceremony was opened by Verena Taylor, Director of the Office of the Council of Europe Directorate General of Programmes. Welcome speeches were given by Tatiana Moskalkova, the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the Russian Federation, Alexey Vovchenko, the First Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Russian Federation, Andrey Kelin, Director of the Department of European Co-operation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation, Claudia Luciani, Director of Human Dignity, Equality and Governance, Council of Europe, and Mara Marinaki, European Union Ambassador and the European External Action Service Principal Adviser on Gender and on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

Members of the State Duma and the Council of Federation, Russian governmental officials and public figures, representatives of NGOs and diplomatic corps, and representatives of the media attended the event.