Empowering women is key to building the future Moldova wants

04 Mar 2013

UN launches campaign to promote the role of women in politics and economy and calls to end violence against women and girls

On the eve of the International Women’s Day, the United Nations launched today a week-long campaign to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in Moldova. The campaign focuses on issues related to women’s political participation, economic empowerment and violence against women and girls.

Moldova’s national campaign comes to support the global campaign launched by the UN Secretary General’s “UNiTE to End Violence against Women” which  calls Governments, civil society, women’s organizations, men, young people, the private sector and the media to undertake specific measures to raise public awareness and increase political will and resources to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls.

“Empowering women is key to building the future Moldova wants”, said Nicola Harrington-Buhay, UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova. ”More opportunities for women in politics and economy can help achieve greater prosperity and progress for all people in Moldova. There is also an overwhelming need to join efforts to end violence against women and girls”, said Ms. Harrington-Buhay, on the occasion of the launch of the UN campaign dedicated to the International Women’s Day.

The UN campaign dedicated to International Women’s Day includes a series of advocacy and awareness activities aimed at mobilizing politicians and communities and supporting the longstanding efforts of women’s and civil society organizations in Moldova. This week, a Joint Information and Services Bureau will be opened in Soroca which aims to provide men and women with better access to information and services in the area of employment, social protection, agriculture, cadastre and entrepreneurship while  the documentary „Mama Illegal” will be screened in Chisinau followed by a public debate on migration. Young people and bloggers will organize flash mobs in Chisinau and Soroca promoting messages against violence, including among peers. The campaign will actively engage with men and young people, including through social media.

In Moldova, women comprise 53% of economically inactive population and some of them experience discrimination on the labour market.  At the same time, women represent only 19 % in the Parliament and 17% at district municipal council, which is far below international standards and the country’s commitments under internationally agreed goals. Women from particular groups, such as Romani women, lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, women with disabilities, women living with HIV/AIDS or women from other stigmatized segments of society are particularly at risk of exclusion from public life.

Another major issue which requires immediate attention and action is the need to end violence against girls and women. Acording to national statistics, every second woman in Moldova  has suffered different forms of domestic violence from the age of 15 upwards.

In 2013, the Republic of Moldova will undergo an international review of its women's empowerment and equality commitments. During the first half of the year, the UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Law and in Practice will present a report to the UN Human Rights Council on its May 2012 mission to Moldova while in October, Moldova will be reviewed for the first time since 2006 by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).  In the coming months, UN will be organising a number of training events to better involve women from all segments of society in these human rights review processes.

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More about the UN Secretary-General campaign “UNiTE to End Violence against Women” at http://endviolence.un.org/

More about the Training Course on Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) at http://bit.ly/Xky1Ls

More about the UN’s work in Moldova at www.un.md

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Ludmila Tiganu, Communications Specialist, ludmila.tiganu@one.un.org, Tel. (+373 22) 269 112