Women’s empowerment key to Moldova’s democracy and development
30 March 2015

Chisinau – High Level Public Forum: „Partnerships for an Inclusive and Prosperous Moldova: Women Matter!” brought together women leaders from women victims of violence, women affected and infected with HIV, women migrants, women with special needs, Roma women and girls, elderly women and women in business to discuss with leaders of political parties and members of Parliament priorities for current and future development. They also made proposals regarding the participation of women from different social and age groups in politics at different levels.

In Moldova, women represent only 22% in the Parliament, 17.4% in district and municipal council, and 28.6% in local councils, which is far below international standards and the country’s commitments under nationally and internationally agreed goals. Migrant women face different problems at home and abroad. They integrate more difficult, so that six out of ten women after returning home do not fall in employment. Women are discriminated in employment being paid 25% less than men. Every sixth woman has experienced physical violence at least once and HIV-infected women have no access to medical services. Also, 70% of women and girls with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to any kind of abuse and every second Roma girl does not attend primary school. These, and other issues faced by women and girls from Moldova, were discussed today during the forum.

“Indeed, women matter and today’s event is a strong and powerful justification of how strong we can be when we act together. What is happened today is so called day by day democracy when we are meeting together to discuss and found the way to improve the life of the women who live in this country but also to improve the overall being of the people of Republic of Moldova. On behalf of UN Representative in Moldova I would like to encourage all of you, representatives of civil society organizations, women who represent different marginalized groups, member of Parliament and everybody who is here to follow up with several discussions with us to get know all your need and be able to support you” said Dafina Gercheva, UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova.

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) which reviewed Moldova in October 2013 reiterated the persistence of patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and society and recommended the Government to make more effort in areas where women, in particular Romani women and women with disabilities, are underrepresented or disadvantaged.

High Level Public Forum: „Partnerships for an Inclusive and Prosperous Moldova: Women Matter!” for its second edition was organized by United Nations in Moldova in partnership with civil society representatives. The aim of the event was to enable and facilitate candid and frank discussion between women leaders and the Leadership of the Parliamentary Political Parties and members of Parliament on issues related to women’s empowerment and participation of women in politics at central and local levels.

For more information please contact: Natalia Moghilda, Communications Consultant, UN Women, nata.moghilda@gmail.com or at +37378058041

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