Gender equality will be used as indicator of westernization
Before the Women’s Day, March 8th, the state media has paid particular attention to Belarus advancing in gender equality. Indeed, Belarus has been performing quite well in this regard. While preserving ‘traditionalistic’ views on family and marriage, Belarus does much better with recognising women’s social and political contributions than many of her neighbours. Belarus may use the gender equality issue in order to find mutual understanding in a dialogue with the West.
During searches of social and "green" activists and anarchists, law enforcement has seized computers, mobile phones and publications. The authorities have also exerted additional pressure on supporters of unauthorized street protests and independent lawyers, who represented defendants in the White Legion case. The security services have stepped up the persecution of opponents before the street protests announced by the opposition. Apparently, the Belarusian authorities aspire that participants in street protests would reduce in number and that the low interest of the population to socio-political agenda before the local election campaign would retain.