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Irina Geht, Russia
Irina Geht, a founding member of the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) country chapter in Russia, was recently appointed as Deputy Minister of Social Issues of the southern Ural region in Russia. Prior to her appointment, Irina served as Professor of Faculty of Economics at Chelyabinsk State University. She also serves as Deputy Director of the Regional Public Council of Chelyabinsk, is an active member of the political party Just Russia and Director of the nongovernmental organization Civil Initiatives.
Geht is known throughout the Ural region due to her energetic engagement in civil society activities. She has authored laws and amendments ensuring protection of citizens social rights, and was honored by the State Duma for her contribution in the drafting of legislation to counter corruption.
The Chelyabinsk region is home to more than 3.6 million Russian citizens, and Geht has used her influence to address women’s issues in the political, economic and social spheres. She was Director of the foundation What Women Want, the Government Wants, and traveled extensively throughout Chelyabinsk oblast in order to raise awareness and educate women on social and gender equality issues. Geht has also used her relationships and experience to create a network of politicians, businesswomen and professors known as Women’s Community. Through this network, she facilitated the distribution of small business grants to women entrepreneurs.
Through her advocacy work, Geht strives to increase the role of Russian women in the decision-making processes in politics and civil society, focusing especially at decreasing the underrepresentation of women in the regional and local government in Chelyabinsk by encouraging them to become politically and economically active in their communities.
As a member of WDN’s Russia chapter, Geht is involved in the chapter’s initiative to conduct Women’s Leadership schools in the Ural region.