The first Gender Audit Report of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova was presented
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28 October 2015

The first Gender Audit Report of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova was presented on 27 October 2015 to Members of Parliament and members of the Parliamentary Secretariat. The Report was developed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as part of the "Improving the Quality of Moldovan Democracy through Parliamentary and Electoral Support" project, implemented with the financial support of the Swedish Government.

Andrian Candu, the Speaker of the Parliament, who attended the presentation of the Report, noted that the document provided a clearer understanding of gender equality and gender mainstreaming and provided relevant solutions to make the Parliament more gender sensitive. The Speaker stated that the Leadership of the Parliament is open to implementing the Gender Equality Action Plan which was developed with the recommendations from the Report including the amendment of laws in order to strengthen the position of women.

The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Dafina Gercheva, welcomed the Parliament's commitment to implement the report's recommendations, stating that the Parliament will continue to benefit from UNDP support in relation to mainstreaming gender within the Parliament. Ms Gercheva stated that "the gender perspective must be at the root of all political decisions, institutional structures and resource allocation."

 

Ms Liliana Palihovici, the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, stated that the Report's recommendations encourage members of Parliament to undertake more timely and effective action to strengthen genuine democracy, given that decision-making must equally involve both men and women.

According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, as at 1 August 2015, the Republic of Moldova is ranked 64th out of 190 countries in terms of the representation of women in Parliament.

The Gender Audit identified a number of Gaps and Challenges, including:

  • Underrepresentation of women in Parliament
  • Placement of women at the end of political parties’ electoral lists
  • Lack of a legal framework to enhance the representation or the participation of women in elections
  • The underrepresentation of women as Chairs, Vice-Chairs and Secretaries of Committees
  • Underrepresentation of women on “high profile/hard” portfolio Standing Committees
  • Parliamentary Rules of Procedure do not promote systematic, concrete measures to foster gender equality and the equal participation of men and women in Parliamentary life
  • Parliamentary Rules of Procedure do not contain provisions regarding the absence from Parliament of a MP in cases of maternity or paternity leave
  • Lack of a requirement to conduct a gender analysis of draft legislative acts and proposals as part of the socio-economic analysis set out in the Parliamentary Rules of Procedure.

The author of the Report, International UNDP Democracy Programme Consultant, Ms Sarmite D. Bulte, advocates for the creation of a Subcommittee on Gender Equality. The Report contains recommendations for Parliament, the Parliamentary Secretariat, the Government, Public Agencies, as well as for political parties.

For additional information, please contact:

Sergiu Galitchi, Project Manager, tel.: (373 22) 268 278, sergiu.galitchi@undp.org.



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