Interdisciplinary joint seminar ‘Gender and Governance’

March 28-29, 2019

University of Helsinki, Aleksanteri Institute

Higher School of Economics, Moscow


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Venue: Porthania, room 545, 5th floor


9:30 – 10:00 Registration and welcome coffee


10:00-10.30 – Opening

Dean Pia Letto-Vanamo, University of Helsinki

Professor Marianna Muravyeva, University of Helsinki

Professor Olga Isupova, HSE

Dr. Valeriya Utkina, HSE



10.30-12.00 – Discussion 1. Gendering Governance: Gender Policies and Gender Mainstreaming in the situation of Gender Backlash


Marianna Muravyeva, Gender (In)Sensitive Governance in Contemporary Russia


Marielle Wijermars, The securitisation of gender in Russian cybersecurity policy


Alexander Kondakov, Russia's Sexual Sovereignty



12.00-14.00 – Lunch



14:00-15.30  Discussion 2. Gender and Public Administration


Olga Isupova, Ekaterina Chemankova, Women's choice of police work: how does it happen?


Natalia Kotrikova, ‘Maximizing Bureaucrat’: rent-seeking behavior of female bureaucrats of Israel


Anastasia Zelenkova, Factors of career development of male and female public servants


Elena Khen, The role of civil servants in shaping the “conservative turn” of gender order.


Valeriya Utkina, Alina Efimova, Mikhail Raschupkin, Discrimination of women in public authorities of Russia and Ghana.



15:30-16:00 – Coffee break



16.00-17.30 Discussion 3. Work-Life Balance and Gender Policy


Larisa Shpakovskaya, What do women think about their social rights after socialism?


Anna Avdeeva, Attachment parenting in Russia: the socio-political resources and barriers of (intensive) mothering


Susanna Gasparyan, Restrictions for young women applying for a state civil service in the Russian Federation


Anastasia Minnikova, Work-life balance of female Bureaucrats in Russia and Azerbaijan



17:30-18:30 Final discussion for the day: Towards Gender-Sensitive Governance



18.30 – Continuing discussion over a glass of sparkling wine



Friday, March 29, 2019


10:00-12:00 – Roundtable: Towards Gender-equity policies: what can/shall be done?



Marianna Muravyeva, Alexander Kondakov, Maira Zeinilova, Valeriya Utkina, Olga Isupova, Larisa Shpakovskaya