18 May 2018
The State Secretary’s participation in Rights Instead of Privileges. How Women's Leadership Can Affect the Modern World round table
Astana, Congress Centre of EXPO

Rights Instead of Privileges. How Women's Leadership Can Affect the Modern World round table took place as part of the XI Astana Economic Forum.

Under the auspices of the National Commission for Women and Family and Demographic Policy under the President of Kazakhstan, the organizers of the event are the international organization EXPO & Women in conjunction with UN Women in Kazakhstan.

Representatives of state bodies, international organizations, foreign and national experts also participated in its work.

Opening the round table, Gulshara Abdykalikova noted that many developed countries of the world realized the necessity of forming an inclusive economy based on the development of women's capital.

- One of the main priorities of Kazakhstan’s public policy is the issues of ensuring women's rights and advancement, as well as expanding their economic opportunities, the Secretary said.

Gulshara Abdykalikova stressed the words of Nursultan Nazarbayev, "It is necessary to achieve the expansion of women's representation at the level of decision-making".

Today, Kazakhstan has overcome the 30% threshold of women's representation in the leading positions in the financial sphere. Women run more than 500 small and medium-sized businesses, accounting for 43% of their total number. They created 1/3 of all jobs in this sector.

The Secretary of State noted that the increase in the capacity and role of women is directly linked to the progress of global peace. To achieve this, it is necessary to learn new skills based on Four Cs: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. According to the world experts, by 2020 more than 1/3 of the knowledge and skills that define today's work activity will change.

The round table resulted in recommendations aimed at developing women's leadership in politics, economy and society in the framework of promoting gender mainstreaming.

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