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Gender equality

National „Let`s vote” Caravan advocated for the importance of women’s participation in elections, not only as voters, but also as candidates.

Our intervention

UNDP, alongside other United Nations agencies, has partnered with civil society organizations in advocacy for the adoption of Law No. 71, which provides for a 40% gender quota for political parties’ candidate lists and in the Government Cabinet, prohibition of sexism in media and advertising, and the introduction of 14 days of paternity leave. It supported the Government of Moldova in developing the National Strategy on Ensuring Equality between women and men (2017-2021), and will continue to support gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment across key development areas in the country.

UNDP Golden Gender Equality Seal

UNDP Moldova was awarded the Golden Gender Equality Seal, for substantial contribution to national gender equality goals. Moldova Country Office actively worked with national authorities and development partners for the adoption of the Gender Quota legislation in April 2016 which sets a mandatory 40% gender quota on party lists for parliamentary and local Elections, a 40% gender quota in the Cabinet of Ministers, and historically allots 14-days paternity leave paid from the state budget.

Also, UNDP Moldova contributed to critical amendments to the legislation addressing gender-based and domestic violence, adopted in July 2016, that have introduced a 10-day restraining order that isolates the perpetrators from the family home, along with other unprecedented measures to increase the safety of victims. At the same time, UNDP Moldova provided critical support to women in leadership positions at all levels enabling them to become effective drivers of gender equality agenda at all levels, created jobs and supported women-led businesses, set-up services in support of the most vulnerable and marginalized women across the country.  

The Gender Equality Seal is adapted by UNDP from the Certification programme for private and public organizations to recognize good performance of UNDP Country Offices/Units to deliver transformational gender equality results.

Gender equality and inclusive growth

UNDP helps public authorities in Moldova promote equal opportunities for women and men with interventions ranging from policymaking to implementation. Strategic support is offered to female mayors and councillors within the Congress of Local Authorities (CALM). With the establishment of the CALM women’s network, with over 100 members, the voice of women leaders has been made stronger at the community level. The economic empowerment of women is also an area of special interest for UNDP’s work in Moldova. UNDP supports women entrepreneurs, business education and soft skills development, with a particular focus on women, as well as cooperation and mutual support networks. Similarly, UNDP promotes cross-river cooperation in the areas of women’s health and combatting domestic violence.

Gender equality and effective governance

UNDP helps the national partners to develop gender-sensitive policies and budgets, introduce gender analysis in policymaking, set gender-sensitive targets and indicators, and to collect and disseminate sex disaggregated data. The Parliament received assistance in the establishment of the Women Caucus, and in the implementation of its road map. For the first time, sex disaggregated data on candidates, elected officials, electoral administrators and active voters became available in Moldova through the automated elections system, which was developed with UNDP support.

Gender equality and climate change, environment & energy

Environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, climate change and climate vulnerability affect men and women differently. The unequal economic and social status of women puts them at greater risk. The traditional role of women as caregivers looking after the family affects their ability to save themselves in emergency situations. Women’s role as food growers and food providers makes them dependent on natural resources and hence more vulnerable towards environmental degradation.

UNDP in Moldova is helping the government and other partners acknowledge this gender dimension and include it as a distinct cross-sectoral issue into environmental policy making. With an increased focus on women’s access to sustainable energy sources, women are now playing a stronger role in establishing new renewable energy partnerships and identifying co-financing of energy efficiency solutions at local level, especially in underserved communities.

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