President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay opened the ceremony. The President thanked women for their significant role in life of the republic.
Ms. Audrey Azoulay noted that she was lucky to visit Tatarstan on the eve of the International Women's Day.
“UNESCO has made gender equality its top priority. We make every effort to let women enjoy equal opportunities, make life choices, get quality education. I am sure we can rely on Russia and Tatarstan in these issues,” she emphasized.
Chairman of the State Council Farid Mukhametshin awarded winners in nominations “Woman – Culture and Spirituality” and “Woman – Science”.
The Speaker congratulated women on the International Women's Day. “We highly appreciate your contribution to the society and politics. You master your houses, yet stay beautiful, kind and inspiring to all of us. Our women are unique and talented. Together we may do great things for our republic,” he said.