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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.
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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.
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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.
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Can a woman succeed in IT? Yes, she can if she dreams about that, at the same time being helped by professionals. This opinion is shared by Violeta Cozonac from Rezina district, Republic of Moldova. A year ago, she applied for the Women in Online Work (WOW) project. Today, Violeta is a team leader in a large American IT startup, and it seems like she is not going to stop here. 
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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.
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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.
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Daniela Vekvert: „Minimalism can help us create a sustainable future”
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Photo: Stela Donțu/UN Women Moldova Raisa Buga is a teacher of geography and the principal of the lyceum Dimitrie Cantemir from Cornesti town, Ungheni district. Being a resident of Cornesti village, she has been working as a teacher for 32 years, always trying to promote gender equality in her community, educating several generations in the spirit of equality and mutual respect. The EVA project – Strengthened Gender Action in Cahul and Ungheni districts, funded by the European...
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Regardless of the social, political or health situation, notwithstanding quarantine, the social assistance system must be functional at any time. Social workers and assistants need to be able to fulfill their roles of supporting people in distress, visiting families and people with disabilities and helping all of them to cope with their varied obstacles.
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Elena Crasmari’s story is part of a new web series, “25 Women”, produced by  UN Women Europe and Central Asia , as part of the Generation Equality campaign, marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Thirty-five-year-old Elena Crasmari was fed up with not being able to access the medical centre in her home village of Dolna, a rural community of 1,155 people, some 53 kilometres from the Republic of Moldova’s capital city of...
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“I faced many challenges in my 10 years of politics: The challenge of being a woman in politics, of not having my ideas and projects understood, of not being supported. I later realized that I could have done much more if I’d been trained beforehand by politically experienced women and men. They could have taught me how to negotiate, how to build an argument, why you need stronger coalitions, how to promote a certain reform or social change. I decided that if I ever had an...
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Valentina Rotari, 23, is pursuing a master’s degree in the Education and Culture department at “Alecu Russo” State University in Balti, a small town north of Moldova’s capital, Chisinau. At the end of May, for the first time, Rotari participated in public discussions on gender equality and women's rights, organized by UN Women in Moldova with financial support from the government of Sweden. We talked to her after the event about how her views about gender equality have...
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Natalia Buza was about to leave the country and build her future somewhere else, but she changed her mind and chose to stay in Moldova and make a career as a border police officer. She was successful in doing so, and became the first woman to hold the position of deputy chief of a Border Police station. Read the last story of the “You know you can”  campaign. Natalia Buza, the first woman deputy chief of a Border Police station. Photo: UN Women Moldova/Eduard...
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Inna Jeleascova, or iZZY iZVNE, as she likes to be called, is a remarkable artist, who creates graffiti and, more recently, Gothic calligraphy. She is the only artist from the Republic of Moldova to be included in the 2014 edition of the “100 European graffiti artists” book. iZZY iZVNE, graffiti artist. Photo: UN Women Moldova/Eduard Bîzgu “I am Inna, better known as iZZY iZVNE. I paint graffiti and lately I dedicated myself to calligraphy. In the beginning...
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She started her career as a school teacher. But, because of low wages in that field, Maria Acba ș from Comrat, a town in the South of Moldova, decided to make a change and ventured into an activity where everyone looked at her with skepticism. Even though, at the beginning, many didn’t take her seriously, Maria Acbaș is now the founder of a dairy factory and of one of the largest cow farms in the South of the country. Here is the eighth story of the “You know you can!”...
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Catinca Mardarovici succeeded in changing not only the perception of gender equality in Moldova, but she has also fought for a more correct legislation regarding women’s rights, thus always being sensitive to injustice. Moreover, she is the first woman, since Moldova’s independence, to establish an organization dedicated to promoting women in politics. See the seventh story of the “You know you can!” campaign. Catinca Mardarovici, activist for women’s rights,...
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Svetlana Cojocaru became the first woman director of the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova. She became passionate about mathematics in her school years. Find out bellow the story of our sixth heroine of the “You know you can”  campaign. Svetlana Cojocaru, first woman director of the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science. Photo: UN Women Moldova/ Eduard Bîzgu “I am the director of the Institute of...
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The fifth story of the “You know you can” campaign is the story of Varvara Duminică, one of the first two Roma women to hold a leading position within the local administration. It took a big effort to become a local councilor and she is ready to do more for her home village Chetrosu, in the North of Moldova, to become a prosperous village.  Varvara Duminica defied stereotypes and did not give up, even when she did not have the support she was expecting. She succeeded in...
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Alina Radu: “I always knew that I could do only what I believed in”
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The second story of the “You know you can”  campaign is about Mariana Grama, chief of Military Relations J5 Department, Strategic Planning Directorate of the National Army. She is the first woman Colonel in the Ministry of Defense in Moldova. Mariana Grama, the first woman Colonel in the Ministry of Defense in Moldova. Photo: UN Women Moldova/Eduard Bîzgu “I have always known that I can get good results in anything I do. I am a strong woman. I had many...