Women in Politics in Moldova

Status: Closed
Duration: 2014 – 2017
Budget: 3,485,690 USD (1,090,365 USD managed by UNDP)
Coverage: National
Beneficiaries: Aspiring women, women candidates, elected women at national and local level, including women from under-represented groups, journalists, parliamentary staffers, electoral officials and youth
Focus Area: Effective Governance
Partners: Central and local public authorities, civil society organizations, political parties, women’s organizations of political parties, Parliament, Central Electoral Commission, Centre for Continuous Electoral Training and media organizations
Project Document:
Final Report: Women in Politics in Moldova - Final Report

Project Summary:

The “Enhancing Women’s Political Representation through improved capacity and enhanced support in Moldova” (“Women in Politics”) is implemented jointly by two UN Agencies - UN Women and UNDP, in partnership with two civil society organizations - East Europe Foundation (EEF) and the Centre “Partnership for Development” (CPD), with the support of the Government of Sweden. The period of implementation is July 2014 - December 2017.


  • Legal frameworks and policies to advance women’s rights to participate in decision-making at national and local levels are reformed/adopted and/or implemented;
  • Gender equality advocates influence legal framework and policies to increase women’s leadership and political participation.

Expected results:

  • To support the increased participation of women in politics and in the decision-making process by creating an environment conducive to their meaningful participation;
  • To support capacity development of women before, during and after the elections at the central and local levels;
  • To promote increased public awareness of women’s contribution to political leadership;
  • To support the realization of women’s rights and commitments undertaken by the Government of Moldova.


  • Extensive advocacy for the adoption of the Law no. 71, which introduces 40% gender quotas for party list candidates and cabinet nominees, paternity leave, definition and prohibition of sexism, etc;
  • 2 Roma women were elected as local councilors for the first time in the Republic of Moldova, with the support of the Programme;
  • 8 comprehensive voter education campaigns conducted, prior to 2014 parliamentary and 2015 local elections, reaching a total of 442,096 people;
  • 98 women - out of nearly 1000 who received training and individual coaching before the local elections - were elected as mayors (8) and local councilors (90);
  • The Gender Equality Platform – consisting of 28 prominent NGOs and individuals – was formalized and is acting as an unified voice of civil society for gender equality;
  • Comprehensive sex-disaggregated data on voters, candidates, elected officials, electoral officials collected by CEC and CCET have been analyzed and presented in user-friendly infographics;
  • The International Association of Women in Electoral Management Bodies was established.
  • 15 regional parliamentary forums gave the possibility to 650 citizens, including 542 women to address their issues directly to members of Parliament and local decision makers;
  • 30 media organizations engaged in self-monitoring process on their coverage from a gender equality perspective;
  • Seven political clubs were established in seven districts to facilitate the dialogue between prospective women candidates and political parties and to serve as capacity development centers for women leaders;
  • 27 first-mandate women local councilors from 20 districts completed a pioneering mentorship and small grants program;
  • 250 members of the Women’s Network of the Congress of Local Authorities of Moldova, primarily women mayors, participated in 10 exchange study visits in 15 communities considered as good practices.
Years Budget Delivery
Government of Sweden
2014 229,161 USD 234,680 USD
2015 502,932 USD 500,962 USD
2016 182,225 USD 177,008 USD
2017 176,047 USD 131,941 USD

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