Gender-sensitive Governance and Women’s Participation in Public Life

Women in leadership
Photo credit: UN Women Moldova

As a result of the 2021 parliamentary elections, 40% of Moldovaʼs Members of the Parliament (MPs) are women. This progress is due to double quota provisions and the advocacy of civil society organisations, state institutions and development partners, including UN Women.

Over the past several years, UN Women has partnered with civil society organisations (CSOs) to design and implement capacity building programmes that support women candidates in running for local and parliamentary elections.

Over 2,000 women took part in these programmes in 2018-2019, out of which 4 were elected as MPs, 64 as mayors and 270 as local councillors (including 6 Roma women and 7 women with disabilities).

UN Women currently offers support to elected officials at national and local levels to develop and implement gender responsive policies, strategies and budgets

Our future priorities will focus on:

  • Supporting women aspirants and candidates to run for the elections (2023 local elections and 2025 parliamentary elections). Continuing capacity development programmes for elected/ appointed officials on advancing a gender equality agenda at all levels of government in cooperation with men.
  • Scaling up efforts to prevent, combat, monitor and measure violence against women in elections and politics.
  • Supporting national and local authorities in advancing gender-responsive governance.