National Post (National Edition)

RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK CHIEF FLAGS EQUALITY PROBLEM

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Russia's central bank will launch a program to help female employees balance careers with family life after complaints from some female staff that they are promoted less often than men, Gov. Elvira Nabiullina said Monday. Nabiullina, 57, became the second female governor of the Russian central bank in 2013 and helped steer Moscow through the 2014-2015 crisis after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, resulting in punitive Western sanctions. “I thought that we didn't have such an issue in the central bank — we have many women working in top positions,” Nabiullina said. “But it turned out that we do have such an issue — young women feel they are promoted less as they can get married, get pregnant ... We want to establish a special program that would help women combine work and family,” said Nabiullina.

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