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Accesul la educație reprezintă un drept fundamental al fiecărui om, dar și o responsabilitate publică. Adunarea Generală a Națiunilor Unite a proclamat ziua de 24 ianuarie drept Zi internațională a educației, pentru a celebra rolul educației în atingerea păcii și dezvoltării durabile. Fără educație și oportunități echitabile și incluzive pentru toți, țările nu vor reuși să atingă egalitatea de gen și să rupă ciclul sărăciei care lasă în urmă milioane de copii, tineri și adulți.
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A total of 14 women’s rights organisations and women-led organisations in Moldova have each received grants ranging from $30,000 to $350,000 USD to implement projects responding to the needs of refugees, mostly women and children, as well as local women. The projects, which will mainstream gender into humanitarian response actions, will be implemented with the support of UN Women Moldova, with funding provided by the Women's Peace and Humanitarian Fund.
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A project aiming at strengthening socio-economic resilience of women and girls affected by the Ukraine refugee crisis in Moldova and enhancing social cohesion in the host communities in 5 selected districts in Moldova was approved for financing by Japan to be implemented by UN Women.
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Tatiana came to Moldova from Ukraine with her mother, leaving behind her husband, son and home. At the time, she didn’t even know where her daughter was. But through it all, Tatiana has not only managed to survive but help other refugees through her work with the Motivation Association, a partner organisation of UN Women that is financially supported by the Women's Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF).
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The desire to cultivate healthy habits in her family and identify alternatives to trade sweets motivated Valentina Buhnă, a young entrepreneur from Nisporeni district, to launch and manage a business based on diverse tastes, flavours and colours. Her company, Flavorya, comprises a wide range of dehydrated products: fruit leather with unusual tastes, crackers made with germinated seeds and fruit chips. For several years, she has been reinventing the essence of nature through these healthy dehydrated products.
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This story recounts the experiences of a primary school teacher in Chișinău who left her marriage after 12 years of abuse. We have chosen not to use her real name to protect her identity. She is still suffering. She is still afraid. She is afraid of her abuser, but, even more, she is afraid of the society that condemned her from the very beginning for being abused and humiliated by the man with whom she chose to spend her life. For 12 years, she didn't say anything about what was happening to her at home. What would her students and their parents have said?
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The "Women in support of women: increasing the leadership and resilience of women affected by the crisis through community initiatives" project, funded by the Government of Switzerland and partner organisations of UN Women, has been launched in Chișinău. The project’s main goal is to foster resilience, inclusion and peacebuilding among local communities through the direct contribution and leadership of women.
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Violence against women and girls remains the most pervasive human rights violation in the world, affecting more than 1 in 3 women—a figure that has remained largely unchanged over the last decade.
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Chișinău, December 9 – The topic of preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls brought together representatives of the Government, Parliament, the United Nations, the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, as well as men and women from Strășeni and Fălești in an intellectual game to combat gender stereotypes and gender-based violence.
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To mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence global campaign, UN Women Moldova, in cooperation with the 151 Community Center and with the financial support of the U.S. Department of State, organised an event that brought together over 25 women refugees from Ukraine as well as local community members from Moldova. Titled "Orange the World" the event focused on raising awareness on different forms of gender-based violence and addressing prevention strategies.
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On 8 December, UN Women organised a dialogue and art workshop where over 30 young women from across the country addressed the role of young people in promoting gender equality and combating violence against girls and women.
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Around 290 survivors of domestic violence benefited from economic empowerment programmes in five pilot districts. Women from Soroca, Bălți, Hîncești, Telenești and Ștefan-Vodă participated in vocational orientation workshops on business and employment opportunities. They were supported by mentors to develop their own business plans and learned from peer-to-peer sessions.
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In order to increase local-level awareness about the fact that violence against women and girls is a crime and that each community has the responsibility to prevent and eliminate it, Cahul district hosted the event "UNITE for the elimination of violence against women and girls!" Organised within "EVA Project – Promoting gender equality in Cahul and Ungheni districts," the event brought together the district’s local authorities and marked the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, which is held annually between 25 November and 10 December.
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The first hit came when she was pregnant. The second came a week later. Many more followed. She didn’t keep track of them during the 30 years she lived with an abuser. „I spent half of my life not knowing that I have the right to be happy”, says Ioana*.
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On 29 November, UN Women Moldova and its partners held a dialogue at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) on "Access to Justice for Women Victims and Survivors of Gender-Based Violence," as part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence campaign.
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Olesea has three children whom she is raising with the love she never had. Her parents abandoned her when she was barely learning to walk, and her dream of having a loving family turned into a nightmare after she got married. The man she trusted beat and humiliated her. Olesea found the strength to leave him, taking their three children with her. Today, she’s telling her story to convince women who are going through similar experiences to not let themselves be defeated.
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To mark 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, UN Women Moldova and its partners held a roundtable in Ungheni, bringing together representatives of local public authorities and the government, international communities, survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and local residents.
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To mark the launch of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, UN Women Moldova held a roundtable on promoting inter-sectoral cooperation in cases of domestic violence on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls.
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The United Nations in Moldova, in partnership with public authorities, international organisations and civil society, joins the UN Secretary-General's 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, which runs annually from November 25 to December 10. The campaign reiterates the need to fight for the immediate eradication of gender-based violence (GBV) and for the creation of a world where girls and women feel safe.
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The Government of the Republic of Moldova and the United Nations have signed the United Nations – Republic of Moldova Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2023-2027 (UNSDCF).