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.