Russian women "allowed" new jobs

The Man

Former Staff
Jul 2011
Russia is set to allow women to take jobs as truck and train drivers, and to operate heavy machinery, lifting a ban that was intended to protect their health.

A list of jobs and professions prohibited for women in Russia is going to be amended in the near future, Russia’s Labour Minister Maxim Topilin told reporters on Friday.

The list contains 456 professions in 39 industries - mostly those requiring work with various chemicals, heavy machinery or complex vehicles - that are considered dangerous for women’s health. It was adopted in 1974 and last revised in 2000.

According to Mr Topilin, women will now be allowed to take jobs in six out of these 39 categories: bread-making, sea, river, air and railway transport, driving heavy trucks and specialised vehicles.

It wasn’t immediately clear which professions in particular will be taken off the list. At the moment, women are not allowed to do work that involves operating heavy machinery in baking, being a member of deck and engine crews on ships, driving different kinds of trains and doing certain types of maintenance work on trains, planes and ships.

Svetlana Medvedeva finally wins her battle to become a ship captain on the seas

“Adopting an amended list will give women more job opportunities,” Mr Topilin was quoted by the TASS news agency as saying. “A decree to that effect will be signed in the nearest future.”

The minister said it was important to revise the list as the job market tightened - for women and men - because of the increasing role of technology and modern equipment in production.

The issue of professions that are banned for women in Russia made headlines in 2016, when the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women sided with 30-year-old Svetlana Medvedeva, who had been trying to become a ship captain since 2012.

Ms Medvedeva studied to become a navigation officer and hoped to become a captain one day. She worked as a sailor, but when she applied to become a captain of a private passenger ship in Russia’s southern city of Samara, the employer turned her down, citing the list.

Ms Medvedeva sued the company, but to no avail. In 2013, her lawyers lodged a complaint to the UN. Three years later, the organisation sided with her and urged Russia to revise the list and eliminate discrimination.

Ms Medvedeva told the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper last year that she was given the captain’s position after the UN ruling.

President Vladimir Putin attends a conference of the Eurasian Women's Forum which campaigns for women's rights in modern society Credit: Alamy

Mr Topilin said on Friday that in addition to revising the list the government will continue to work on closing gender pay gap, which is almost 30 percent in Russia.

“The gender pay gap shortened from 36.8 percent in 2001 to 28.3 percent in 2017. It is necessary to continue working on closing it,” he said.
Russia to allow women to take jobs as truck drivers and ship captains, roles previously banned to protect their health

I mean... A government deciding which careers women would be "allowed" to pursue seems ridiculous, in this day and age, seems ridiculous...

On the other, Russian woman having been kept out of the nastiest and most dangerous jobs all these years has likely contributed to females there statistically outliving males by about 12 years on average (life expectancy for men - around 60 years vs. 72 for women).

One thing is, of course, today is no 1974, a lot of things have changed since then, and not only that Communism is gone.

Today, Russian women are already well represented in all sorts of fields where they used to be unheard of.

Tens of thousands of women now serve in the military

and in law enforcement too

And, whether or not it was "allowed", there have been women driving big rig trucks around Russia for years already, a very small group of them, but they do exist

There are even a few female pilots flying airliners, probably most famous of them - Larina Evmurzaeva, from conservative, Muslim Chechnya, of all places

Women have made lots and lots of strides over there, despite nasty reactionary conservative forces lined up against them, with the emergence of the Orthodox Church and such. The government has rarely acted to help them, instead doing crap like decriminalizing domestic abuse. I just days ago read about a young mom and her baby daughter, both injured, falling off a make shift "rope" made of bed sheets, on which she was trying to escape, with the infant, from the fifth floor apartment where her violent husband kept her virtually a prisoner and beat the hell out of her all the time... Both are in hospital

Thank God, they didn't die...

This is what the government, Putin, enables...

I commend the women over there, persevering, in the face of all this shit...

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