MOSCOW, March 4 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday that women should be
encouraged to take key government positions in the country.
"I talked to my colleagues in the Spanish government
yesterday, and they reproached me as Russian president for
employing too few women in government," Medvedev said. "There
was nothing I could tell them."
Speaking ahead of International Women's Day, originally a
day for the celebration of women's economic and political
liberties, Medvedev appealed to the administration and the
government to encourage women to join their ranks.
There are two women in the current Russian Cabinet -
Economics Minister Elvira Nabiullina, 43, and Health and Social
Development Minister Tatyana Golikova, 41. The proportion is
much lower than in most European governments.