Gender Equality and Effective Governance

In the evening of November 25th 2016, the Parliament building will be lighted in orange – the colour of the campaign, symbolising Hope and a Future free of violence for all girls and women. Credit: UN Programme Women in Politics

Achieving better gender equality and women’s empowerment are priorities that are mainstreamed across all the work of UNDP Moldova and in the area of effective governance. Gender considerations are part of our approach and play a role in all our activities.

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.

UNDP supported its partners in conducting the first Gender Audits of the Parliament and of the Central Election Commission, and, as a result, in developing and implementing the institutional Gender Equality Action Plans. 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 E-elections system, which was developed with UNDP support.

A Common Dialogue Platform of Women MPs uniting women parliamentarians from all factions established in March 2015. Credit: Parliament of the Republic of Moldova

Jointly with UN Women, a particular effort is under way to enhance women’s participation in decision-making, thanks to multidimensional capacity development support offered to women leaders: Members of Parliament, mayors, and local councillors. Strong advocacy efforts were undertaken for the Quota Law that was approved by the Parliament in April 2016, as a way to increase women’s representation on political parties’ lists, in the Parliament and in local councils.