The message reads, in part:
“It is gratifying that your forum is setting traditions and again bringing together women who represent government bodies, businesses, the expert community, non-governmental, scientific and sport organisations, and media outlets from many countries for a serious and substantial discussion.
I want to point out that in Russia, women work in diverse areas, effectively deal with professional matters, and make weighty contributions to important social and humanitarian projects and initiatives. And, of course, in these trying times, when the entire world is facing the coronavirus pandemic, my special gratitude and appreciation go to doctors, nurses and everybody working on the frontline of the fight against this dangerous disease.
I want to underscore that the state will continue to prioritise the personal, professional and creative self-fulfilment of women as well as support for the institution of the family, motherhood and childhood.”
The forum is being held in Kuzbass on May 24–25 as part of preparations for the Third Eurasian Women’s Forum in St Petersburg scheduled for October.