Women, Peace and Security

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The first National Action Plan (2018-2021) for the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) was developed and implemented with the support of UN Women. The Country Office is now assisting the Government in developing the second generation National Action Plan for the period 2023-2027.

UN Women has strengthened the capacities of over over 1,400 representatives of state authorities responsible for advancing the WPS agenda and UNSCR 1325. Since 2018, UN Women has engaged 528 staff members from security and law enforcement institutions in capacity building programmes on combating sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination at the workplace. In 2021-2022, UN Women provided comprehensive support to the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior and National Penitentiary Administration of the Republic of Moldova to develop and operationalize internal mechanisms to prevent, combat and address cases of sexual harassment and workplace discrimination. It also supported the establishment of the women’s associations in defense and law enforcement, including their capacity strengthening and internal advocacy for advancing gender equality in these sectors.

To strengthen womenʼs participation in conflict resolution, UN Women has facilitated consultations with grassroots organisations and gender equality advocates on both banks of the Nistru River and established three Womenʼs Discussion Platforms that include confidence-building elements.

Our future priorities will focus on:

  • Providing comprehensive support to the government and other stakeholders in implementing the second-generation NAP.
  • Scaling up womenʼs leadership development programmes, peer-to-peer support and mentoring to address the under representation of women in peacekeeping missions and the security and defence sectors.
  • Advocating for womenʼs meaningful participation and contribution to conflict negotiation.
  • Supporting the Womenʼs Advisory Board (WAB) and other local womenʼs platforms to strengthen womenʼs leadership in peacebuilding. The WAB consists of representatives from CSOs and expert communities from both banks of the Nistru River and will work to advance gender-sensitive peacebuilding efforts supported by UN Women.