Closing the Gap: Women Economic Empowerment and Inclusion in Decision Making in Moldova

Aug 3, 2015

The work of UNDP Moldova to provide promote gender equality was featured in the report Closing the gap: An overview of UNDP results in gender equality in Europe and the CIS. The report outlines the key results achieved by UNDP Country Offices in promoting gender equality in 2014 and the first quarter of 2015.
The report covers UNDP Moldova’s key results achieved on thematic priorities of the UNDP Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017:

  • Economic empowerment – 100 women (including 50 from breakaway Transnistria region) who underwent entrepreneurial training established their own businesses. The network of UNDP advisory centres supported the direct employment of 178 women, which was 69% of employment opportunities secured in 2013-2014.
  • Equal access to and control over economic and environment resources – 12 women-led businesses accessed finances through a UNDP-supported leasing mechanism to invest in biomass facilities for heating.
  • Inclusion and participation in decision making – UNDP supported the increase of women candidates in party lists, which helped to increase the overall share of women elected to parliament to 21%. UNDP supported the introduction of e-registration system for voters, which allows for the collection of sex-disaggregated voter statistics, which will identify disenfranchised groups of women to support through empowerment initiatives. UNDP supported 20 projects to strengthen women’s engagement with their local communities. As a result, 11 newly established community organizations are led by women.
  • Access to basic services: healthcare, education and justice – UNDP advocated for the inclusion of gender aspects in the guidelines for prosecutors investigating cases of torture so that the judiciary understand the wide range of actual  and potential torture of women when it assesses prosecution and support survivors.
  • Crisis prevention and recovery – UNDP worked with partners to incorporate gender dimension in disaster risk reduction plans and policies.

UNDP Moldova received Gender Equality Silver Seal, as far as contributed to gender equality national goals, in particular the office actively worked with the Ministry of Justice to enact the “Law of Ensuring Equality”, and supporting integration of the gender perspective in local development and decentralization processes in Moldova. The office has made very good progress in the development of a comprehensive management system for gender mainstreaming, in creating an enabling environment for gender equality, and the office has achieved internal parity.

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.

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