Krasnodar, 11 March. Today, on the eve of the International Women’s Day, our interviewee is Lubov Popova, Director General of Gubsky Brickworks and a successful business lady.
Q.: Is the number of public organizations in Krasnodar krai growing and is the number of spheres of life they cover expanding?
A.: Over the past fi ve years, the number of our noncommercial organizations has remained stable – there are 6,500 organizations of the kind in the region. Very few new organizations have appeared of late. As for the spheres they embrace – now the activity spectrum of Kuban public fi gures is very broad: it includes work with children and youth, with families with many children and low-income families, with veterans and people with restricted abilities; there are lots of sports, enlightening, patriotic, environmentalist, charity and volunteer societies. We have representations of many federal business associations. At the same time, there are very few human rights movements – there is a need to organize them.
Q.: Charity organizations have always had a positive image, but the situation with trade unions seems to be more complicated. Is their advice listened to?
A.: It is very important that trade unions in our region have the right of legislative initiative. Over the past fi ve years, the trade unions have taken part in the consideration of more than 2,150 legislative instruments regulating social and labour relations. For instance, the Kuban Trade Unions managed to come to an understanding with their social partners about the introduction of the minimum level of wages for off-budgetary employees without including compensation, motivating and social allowances and anticipatory wage indexation. The trade unions managed to resume wage indexation for budgetary employees that had not been mentioned by the 2012 Presidential Decrees.
Q.: Kuban has always been known as a conservative region. Is this factors refl ected on the representation of women in business and politics?
A.: Yes, the representation of women in business and politics is really rather low in the southern regions. This fact can be explained by the maintained stereotypes about the traditional role of men and women, the conventional way of family life, and the choice of education and profession. Family serving had for a long time been publicly seen as the main essence of a woman’s life.
Q.: Rationalism and the ability to throw aside emotions help men in management. What helps women?
A.: One man recently described me as a ‘consolidator.’ Well, I would not say that the ability to consolidate is a bad trait. Although the very word ‘consolidator’ sounds severely and manly, if it is supplemented with the words ‘diplomat’ and ‘women,’ it will work out well. This quality – the ability to unite positive forces – is typical for many female managers.
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