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Under the Skin - Russia‘s Women

October 19, 2018

It was women who triggered the revolution that toppled the tsar in Russia. Russia was one of the first countries to give women the right to vote. Feminism flourished briefly.


But what is the situation of women in today’s Russia? This report looks into women’s roles in Russia and reveals instances where discrimination and exclusion are still an issue.

The newly founded Soviet Union was the first country in the world to give women the right to have an abortion. In 1917, women triggered the revolution that toppled the tsar. International Women’s Day is said to have its roots in Russia. The first woman in space was a Russian. And yet, under the current president Vladimir Putin, women are still disadvantaged and excluded in many areas.

This documentary by Golineh Atai looks at women who face the paradoxical demands of Russian society in their daily lives - women who want changes. Yevgeniya Sakhar tattoos women whose bodies have been the targets of male violence. Svetlana Medvedeva hopes to become a ship’s captain. She’s taken the struggle to break the glass ceiling in certain professions to the courts. Yevgeniya Margurina is suing her employer for trying to dictate how she looks at work. Lolja Nordic creates women’s fashion and protests against what she calls Putin’s patriarchy. Golineh Atai observes these women in their everyday lives.


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