Women in politics

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UN Programme “Women in Politics” in Moldova

The UN Programme “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). The period of implementation is July 2014 - December 2017 and the overall budget per the project document is $3.485.690. Financial support is provided by the Government of Sweden.  

Objectives:
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.
To achieve its goals, the project works with state institutions, political parties, civil society organizations, mass-media and communities to foster participatory nomination of women candidates, including from vulnerable groups, through encouraging their participation and developing their capacities before, during and after elections. Partnerships with media are constantly expanded to achieve greater gender-sensitive reporting.

The Programme also seeks to promote increased public awareness of women’s contribution to political leadership and supports the realization of women’s rights and commitments undertaken by the Government of Moldova.   

Highlights from the "Women in Politics" Programme:

• Extensive advocacy for the adoption of a Legislative Package on promoting women in decision-making and gender equality has taken place utilizing different strategies. On April 14, 2016 the Parliament adopted the Law no. 71, which amends 15 Laws and Codes and introduces 40% gender quotas for party list candidates and cabinet nominees, paternity leave, definition and prohibition of sexism, and other provisions.  
Support by the Programme contributed to the election of 2 Roma women as local councilors for the first time in the Republic of Moldova. . 
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 30 prominent NGOs and individuals advocating for gender equality – was formalized and is acting as an active and unified voice of civil society advocating for gender equality.  
The CCET and CEC have gained international recognition in advancing gender inclusive electoral management and are in the lead of establishing an International Association of Women in Electoral Management Bodies. 
A series of 15 regional parliamentary forums gave the possibility to 650 citizens, including 542 women particularly from marginalized groups to address their issues directly to Members of Parliament and local decision makers. 
The share of articles featuring women and mainly women as protagonists increased by 7 percent points, from 14% in September 2015 to 21% in April 2016 as a result of 30 media outlets engagement in self-monitoring process on their coverage from a gender equality perspective. 
Seven political clubs were established in seven districts (Briceni, Străşeni, Teleneşti, Cimişlia, Cahul, Soroca and Orhei) to facilitate the dialogue between prospective women candidates and political parties and to serve as knowledge and leadership centers for women leaders.
A pioneering mentorship and small grants program for first-mandate women local councilors was completed for 27 participants from 20 districts. 
250 members of the Women’s Network of the Congress of Local Authorities of Moldova, primarily women mayors, improved their knowledge on how to better manage and develop a public administration by participating in 10 exchange study visits in 15 communities considered as good practices.