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Gender, Poverty and Welfare in Contemporary Russia
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Dr Esuna Dugarova is a Policy Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme in New York where she specializes in poverty, gender and social protection issues in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, as well as broader sustainable development issues globally. Previously, she worked as a Research Fellow at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva, as an evaluator at the European Commission, as a consultant at the World Bank, and as a research associate at London School of Economics. Originally from the Republic of Buryatia in Russia, Esuna holds a PhD degree in Asian Studies from Cambridge University. She is fluent in Russian, English, Chinese and French, and also speaks Spanish and Burmese.
Despite progress made in reducing poverty over the past decades in Russia, a recent economic slump hampered growth prospects in the country and led to a reversal in the poverty reduction trend. To address growing poverty and unemployment more effectively, the government introduced a range of active labour market programmes aimed at enhancing productive employment and activating labour potential, including among women. In particular, the government provided support to women through the development of public childcare, provision of professional training and social benefits. Although these measures produced some positive results, they have not managed to address the underlying causes of poverty, nor have they transformed the prevailing patriarchal power structures. The proposed talk will provide insights into the complex nature of poverty, welfare and gender relations in contemporary Russia based on the examination of recent national policy developments.
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