15 November 2011, Tuesday, 18:37

The all-Russian Mothers Forum started working in Ufa

author: news agency "Bashinform"

Uniting people for solution of the problems of families, motherhood and childhood – this is the main aim of the V all-Russian mothers forum, opened in the Congress-Hall, Ufa, today. Bashkortostan was chosen the main site for this forum not accidentally, since very solid experience in sphere of motherhood and childhood was accumulated here.

“More than 6000 mothers were rewarded with the medal “Motherhood Glory” — there is no anything similar in any other Russian region. We've hold the Mother Year here – and there is also nothing like this anywhere” — the president of the international association of charitable funds “Mother” Rais  Atnagulov said — “I am happy that the V forum of mothers is held here”.

550 delegates fr om different Russian regions gathered in the Bashkir capital for participation in the forum – heads of regional ministries and agencies, members of the Russian Public Chamber, well-known public activists and politicians, scientists and, sure, mothers. They have to discuss several important problems concerning protection of rights and interests of families, mothers and kids and to determine what role the state, business and mass-media should play in this sphere.

Greeting the participants of the forum the President of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov said that the Republic was happy to receive mothers from all nooks of our vast country here. Our Republic was always hospitable, as he mentioned.

“When I am looking into this hall, wh  such wonderful mothers from all over Russia are sitting, I am feeling that unbelievable energy, coming from you – the energy of love, warmth and care” — Rustem Khamitov mentioned — “Kids in Bashkiria make up about one fourth of the whole population. 650 thousand families nurse kids and this is the most important and the most valuable thing we have. Understanding the importance of protection of motherhood and childhood we try to do everything we can in all directions of this activity, erecting new schools and kindergartens all over the Republic, developing the network of the additional education institutions, centers and services for social and psychological aid for families and kids, paying serious attention to organization of summer rest for teenagers. By the number of pupils, having rest in our summer camps, we've held the first place in Volga federal district in 2010. We strengthen material and technical base of our obstetrical institutions, implementing additional measures for protection of pregnant women and kids from socially unprotected layers of population”.

Rustem Khamitov has mentioned that the families with many kids are still in the center of attention and there are more than 34 thousand of such families in Bashkiria.

“Every year we spend more than 600 million rubles for social backing of families with many kids. More than 10 various subsidies are paid out in addition to the federal grants. For the last three years more than 70 such families have received the housing certificates for the sum of more than 150 million rubles. But more than one thousand such families are still standing in the queue and it means we still owe very much to them”.

Not long ago the law, providing for allocation of free lands for housing construction to the families with many kids and to the families nursing children with disabilities, has been passed in the Republic, but, as the President RB admits, they still have much to work over.

“The level of life for such families has to be substantially higher and the problems with education and medical aid should be solved much quicker and more efficiently. We can and have to do more for such families” — the President RB believes.

The President RB highlighted the problems, which can be faced everywhere in the Republic and the first one is the shortage of free places at the pre-school institutions.

“For today we are facing rather good birth rate and satisfactory demographic situation but the number of kindergartens we build today is too low. Almost 50 thousand kids fail to get the kindergartens today and it means that 50 thousand moms have to stay home instead of working. We've approved the program, allowing us making the breakthrough in this direction in the nearest three years. The program isn't cheap and costs about ten billion rubles but thanks to this program we will be able to open about 25 thousand new places in our kindergartens”

The second problem, which the President RB mentioned, is organization of children's leisure.

“We have to devote ourselves to our children. If a pedagogue, or a head of of a hobby group fails to guide the kids in the right direction, other people can do it and I don't want to say to what extent drugs, alcohol and other harmful habits are dangerous”.

The President RB also said about health of mothers and here he paid special attention to the work conditions our women were working in.

“At present time almost 23 thousand women work in the conditions, which don't meet the sanitary and hygienic standards. We are facing the problems with work for pregnant women. We mustn't forget about the women, deprived of the happiness of motherhood. At present time about 20% women suffer from infertility and need medical aid”.

The program of the forum continued with work of six conferences, devoted to demographic and family problems. On November 16 the participants of the forum will sum up the totals. The press-conference, devoted to the forum, will take place the same day. The flower ceremony for the winners of the contest “The best enterprise for working moms” and the festive pop show will complete the forum's program.