Gender equality

Women's rights are human rights

The national legislative framework for equality between women and men is in line with international commitments. However, implementation lags behind, and women still face discrimination and inequality in social, economic, and political life, lacking effective opportunities for participation in decision-making in public and private sectors. Only 23.7% of the members of Parliament are women, 20.6% of mayors, 30.04% of local councillors, and 18.55% of district councillors – far below international standards and the country’s commitments under the nationally and internationally agreed goals. The share of women entrepreneurs is at 33.9% (as of 2017), with women who wish to start their own business facing many barriers.

Gender-based violence is still widespread in the country, while efficient mechanisms for combating and preventing domestic violence and systems for providing effective remedies to victims are lacking. Six in ten women experience some type of violence (psychological, physical or sexual) perpetrated by their husband/partner during their lifetime, and one in ten women experience economic violence at least once in their lifetime.

Commitment. Equal opportunities. Empowerment

In Moldova, UNDP works to support the country in meeting the gender equality commitments. A particular emphasis is placed on promoting measures that offer more opportunities for women to participate in decision-making, to be more competitive on the labour market, to take leadership positions in the private sector and to stand jointly against the gender-based violence.

250 women mayors


to explore leadership from a gender equality perspective. They went through exercises that helped them focus on empowerment techniques, develop managerial skills and think about gender-responsive budgeting.

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