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Gender equality

National „Let`s vote” Caravan advocated for the importance of women’s participation in elections, not only as voters, but also as candidates.

Our intervention

UNDP, alongside other United Nations agencies, has partnered with civil society organizations in advocacy for the adoption of Law No. 71, which provides for a 40% gender quota for political parties’ candidate lists and in the Government Cabinet, prohibition of sexism in media and advertising, and the introduction of 14 days of paternity leave. It supported the Government of Moldova in developing the National Strategy on Ensuring Equality between women and men (2017-2021), in setting financial incentive for political parties nominating women as candidates in elections, and will continue to support gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment across key development areas in the country.

Golden Gender Equality Seal

In 2017, UNDP Moldova was awarded with the Golden Gender Equality Seal by its headquarters, for substantial contribution to national gender equality goals. 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. 

In 2018, UNDP Moldova has successfully piloted the Gender Equality Award in public sector with two central public administration institutions – the Ministry of Defense and the General Police Inspectorate and with six local governments that brought a transformative change in internal policies, norms and practice that became gender-sensitive and gender-responsive.  

Gender equality and inclusive growth

UNDP helps public authorities in Moldova promote equal opportunities for women and men with interventions ranging from policymaking to implementation. Strategic support is offered to female mayors and councillors within the Congress of Local Authorities (CALM). With the establishment of the CALM women’s network, with over 100 members, the voice of women leaders has been made stronger at the community level. The economic empowerment of women is also an area of special interest for UNDP’s work in Moldova. UNDP supports women entrepreneurs, business education and soft skills development, with a particular focus on women, as well as cooperation and mutual support networks. Similarly, UNDP supports creation and development of services for combating domestic violence and breaking the chain of gender-based violence.

Gender equality and effective governance

UNDP helps the national partners to develop gender-sensitive policies and budgets, introduce gender analysis in policymaking, set gender-sensitive targets and indicators, and to collect and disseminate sex disaggregated data. The Parliament will receive assistance in the re-establishment of the Women Caucus after the elections, and in enhancing its role in policy making and oversight. The Central Electoral Commission will receive support in collecting, analyzing and publishing sex disaggregated data on candidates, elected officials, electoral administrators and active voters through the automated elections system, which was developed with UNDP support. The recruitment system of Police will be reformed, also with a view at creating better opportunities for women to join Police forces.

Gender equality and climate change, environment & energy

Environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, climate change and climate vulnerability affect men and women disproportionally. Moldova’s rural women are four times more prone to absolute poverty, and their unequal economic and social status makes them more exposed. The traditional role of women as caregivers looking after the family affects their ability to save themselves in emergency situations. Women’s role as providers of food, energy and water resources makes them dependent on natural ecosystems and hence more vulnerable towards environmental degradation.

UNDP in Moldova is helping the government and other partners acknowledge the gender dimension and include it as a distinct cross-sectoral issue into environmental, energy and climate change policy making. With an increased focus on women’s access to sustainable energy sources, women are now playing a stronger role in establishing new renewable energy partnerships and identifying co-financing for energy efficiency solutions at the local level, especially in underserved communities. Furthermore, by shifting the focus from vulnerability to empowerment, climate change adaptation responses have the potential to transform into gender equality opportunities. Such an approach would overturn gender stereotypes, compounded by social and cultural norms and will empower women to become agents of change.

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