The COVID-19 pandemic, but also recent multiple crises, led to a series of changes and effects on the population, all of these reflecting on women and men differently, both economically and socially. This is also determined by the fact that women and men have different roles both in society and family.
As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have fled to the Republic of Moldova, looking for a safe shelter. Amid this unprecedented crisis, the Government of the Republic of Moldova, international community, civil society organizations and many volunteers have joined efforts to respond promptly and efficiently to the needs of Ukrainian people. Those involved face many challenges, including maintaining psychological balance. For this reason, many psychologists and psychoterapists have started organizing mental health sessions. One of these specialists is Elena Biceva, President of the Moldovan Association of Gestalt Therapy and Psychodrama, who organizes mental health sessions for public servants involved in refugee crisis response. She explains the role of psychological counselling in crisis situations, as well as how to prevent emotional burnout.
On 17 June, in Chisinau, was launched Moldovan Women’s Parliamentary Caucus. Thanks to the Caucus, all its members will join their efforts to promote gender equality and equal rights for women and men, to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence, as well as to contribute to promoting economic independence and economic empowerment of women from the Republic of Moldova and family-friendly policies via initiative and legislative support.
Tatiana Scutari is a military woman who joined a peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic for one and a half year. On the UN Peacekeepers Day, celebrated annually on May 29 worldwide, Tatiana shared her experience and motivation to participate in such a mission.
An event dedicated to the Istanbul Convention took place at the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova. Entitled „Joint dialogue – Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence from ratification to implementation”, it was organised on the platform of the Committee on Foreign Policy and European Integration in collaboration with UN Women Moldova, National Coalition „Life without Domestic Violence” and with financial support from Sweden.
As a consequence of the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine, the lives of millions of people changed overnight. Many Ukrainians were forced to leave their homes, being internally displaced or fleeing to neighbouring countries in search of safe shelter. Refugees had to leave behind their loved ones, as well as give up jobs, hobbies, and other things that their lives were made of.
Yaroslav, 19, is a young man from Odessa who fled to the Republic of Moldova at the beginning of March 2022, together with his family. He is passionate about music, computers and accounting. The young musician has had an atypical development and multiple forms of disability, and the bombing and stress caused by the war has dramatically undermined his health. Before the war, thanks to therapy, Yaroslav was able to walk on his own, with a little help. Now, he uses a wheelchair again.
As a part of continuous efforts for contributing to improving resilience of the most vulnerable groups against multiple crises, especially against the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermaths, UN Women initiated, at the end of 2021, the „Increasing the access of vulnerable women to food and essential supplies” project, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, financed by the Embassy Office of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Republic of Moldova.
Ana Grama is a young entrepreneur who transformed her passion for growing lavender into an eco cosmetics startup. Ana’s professional path started with the Pre-accelerator programme for women and girls implemented by XY Partners, with support from UN Women and funded by Sweden.
Tamara Schiopu, 56, is an environmentalist and an expert in ecological agriculture from Moldova. She is the President of EcoLocal - Association of Organic and Artisanal Producers and Consumers of Moldova. Tamara has always been immersed in nature. Her husband has been an organic farmer for over 40 years. Tamara learned about the benefits of this type of agriculture from him and has adopted an environment and climate-friendly lifestyle.
Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Moldova and Poland have received the highest number of refugees. As of 22 April, about 91 thousand Ukrainian refugees are residing across the different regions of Moldova. UN Women has been working with partners to gather, analyse and disseminate data to illustrate the differential and disproportionate impacts of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on women and girls.
The ‘Strengthened Gender Action in Cahul and Ungheni districts’ project was launched with the support of UN Women and is implemented by ‘Artemida’ NGO from Drochia aiming to develop assistance and counselling service for victims of gender-based violence and domestic violence (assistance for victims of violence) in Cahul and Ungheni districts.
Svetlana Babaș, 19, is a Ukrainian Roma woman who had to flee her home as a result of Russia’s military invasion in Ukraine. She shares her story as a young mother who was worried about her fast approaching due date while escaping war and her journey to safety in a temporary placement center for refugees in central Moldova.
Svetlana Patras, a 37 years old Moldovan woman, went from football player to FIFA international referee. However, Svetlana says the main achievement in her career is not the number of goals marcked and international matches played but the number of children’s smiles after football events she organises. She has been managing the “Open Fun Football Schools Moldova” international project for 13 years. It is implemented in our country by the “Cross Cultures Project” association (Denmark), with support from Moldovan Football Federation and Sweden.
Splashes of red, pink and yellow flowers dot the vibrant hues of green in a greenhouse and gift shop nestled in the village of Colibași, in the southwestern part of the Republic of Moldova. The owner is a girl with Down syndrome who had always dreamed of opening her own business.
The General Inspectorate of Border Police of MIA received a donation of 60 wheelchair and 40 walkers for people with reduced mobility or elderly people. The mobility equipment has been donated by UN Women Moldova with financial support from Sweden.
Millions of people have been fleeing their homes in Ukraine since the Russian invasion on 24 February 2022 turned into a full-fledged war. In Cahul, a border region in the south of the Republic of Moldova, local public authorities, volunteers and civil society are doing what they can to help, guide and host those on the move.
As of 22 March 2022, there were 97.057 refugees from Ukraine in Moldova, most being women and children. This is also the case of an extended family of 12 members of the Roma community who were forced to flee their homes in the village of Arbuzinka, Mykolaiv Oblast, Ukraine, to seek safety, protection, and assistance in the Republic of Moldova.