UNDP Moldova was awarded the Golden Gender Equality Seal

Jun 8, 2017

UNDP Moldova was awarded the Golden Gender Equality Seal, for substantial contribution to national gender equality goals.

'I am extremely excited, humbled and honoured to receive this award which is a recognition of our hard work and hard efforts to transform UNDP Moldova into a gender equality champion, into a role model and also to position UNDP Moldova as a global agency for advanced sustainable development and for promoting human rights, social cohesion and social inclusion.

[...] This award belongs to the entire UNDP team and I am privileged and very lucky to lead a team of highly motivated professionals who are dedicated and who are also very passionate about sustainable development, about human rights, about gender equality and always willing to go next mile and support the country efforts to build a model and prosperous state", noted Dafina Gercheva, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Represenative at the Awarding Ceremony that took place in New York, on 5 June.

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.