Russian lawmakers reject 15-year-old draft legislation on gender equality, saying it's grown outdated
Russia’s State Duma has finally decided what to do with draft legislation on gender equality introduced 15 years ago: toss it in the garbage. On Wednesday, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said the initiative had “grown obsolete” since he helped draft it in 2003, when he was just an ordinary deputy. He isn't ruling out another initiative on gender equality, however, saying that lawmakers would study the need for a new analogous law that reflects the country’s modern realities.
The legislation trashed on Wednesday would have strengthened equal rights between men and women in the labor force and introduced quotas on the number of women and men employed by the state. Amendments introduced in the bill’s second reading would have defined workplace harassment as unwanted sexual attention.