Russian Keys

The Modern Face of Russia: Russian Women: Stereotypes and Reality

SEPTEMBER 2013 Location: NZ INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, Nelson Full
Speaker(s)
Author
Dr Olga Suvorova

Director, Russian Keys Limited

The workshop is dedicated to a controversial yet most important topic of women in Russia and their status. The historical and cultural analysis is illustrated through various visual material including my family photo archive. You will learn more about the following:

Russian women-leaders. Russia is known for being a patriarchal country, women make up only 13 percent of deputies in the Russian State Duma and at the federal level, their representation is even lower - at 6 percent. In 2012, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Russian was ranked 96 - as one of the bottom countries in terms of women’s participation in politics and decision-making processes, along with Somalia and Swaziland - with only 13 female senators out of a total of 163. As well as being limited in number, Russia's women politicians aren't portrayed as having a lot of influence, and none of them were listed in the Forbes’ ranking of “the world’s most powerful women”.

Linguistics & National Security: A View from Russia

MAY, SEPTEMBER 2013 Location: MASSEY UNIVERSITY, Wellington Full
Speaker(s)
Author
Dr Olga Suvorova

Director, Russian Keys Limited

Linguistics and National Security are tightly connected.
Language as a mirror of culture reflects good and bad developments within a nation.
Language is a treasure box and a tool which moulds people from their birth.
The art of communication in the modern world is extremely important. When we study foreign languages and cultures, and when we try to understand them and unveil them then we have access to the best what is in the world – new discoveries, new perceptions. We also have more chances to prevent global terrorism and wrong doings. More disputes and wars can be avoided if people treat and use languages with more care and attention.
The greatest Russian poet Alexander Pushkin said: Which can be paraphrased as “I detest everything about my country but if a foreigner shares such an opinion with me I hate him!”

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