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At the current rate of progress, it may take close to 300 years to achieve full gender equality, the Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): The Gender Snapshot 2022 shows.
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The first edition of Moldova’s Women's Entrepreneurship Accelerator kicked off on Tuesday, 6 September. Over the course of three months, 15 participants, all of whom were selected from the four editions of the Pre-Accelerator Programme: Women's Entrepreneurship, will have the opportunity to improve their businesses and attract their first investments.
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Young people are agents of change, and UN Women encourages their engagement in actions aimed at promoting the importance and need to achieve gender equality.
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UN Women collaborates with the Center for Support and Development of Civic Initiatives „Resonance” to implement tailored activities aiming at promoting and strengthening women’s participation in decision-making processes, to increase economic and social resilience in communities on both banks of Nistru River.
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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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War means not only fights on the front lines but also in the lives of women forced to flee in search of safety. A range of initiatives are being implemented to help women refugees enhance their ITC skills and regain their right to professional and financial freedom. In the context of the event "Digital Connections: Moldova-Ukraine", women refugees from Ukraine, together with women from Moldova, participated in social networking discussions and connected with each other, building community connections for overcoming the challenges they confront.
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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.
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The Comprehensive Country Gender Assessment was presented today by the United Nations in Moldova. It provides an overview of the state of equality between women and men in Moldova in education, health, economic opportunities, and voice and agency.
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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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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.
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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.
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Women from Boscana commune, together with women refugees from Ukraine, have organised a cultural activity to get to know each other better and exchange traditions and customs, at the initiative of the Congress of Local Authorities from Moldova (CALM), with support from UN Women and financial contribution from Sweden. It was the first time when women refugees accommodated in the commune managed to meet one another, share information, concerns and contacts. Boscana inhabitants also had the opportunity to become acquainted with women refugees who have been living in their commune for over two months.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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23 communities from Cahul and Ungheni developed gender-sensitive strategies and budgets for 2022
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On 24 February, Natalia, Irina and Cristina, three friends and mothers from Odessa, woke up to the sound of air raid sirens and explosions. Russia’s military offensive had begun. "Stress, danger and traffic jams, especially near military units... It was awful to see bags full of sand at checkpoints, tanks. I don't even remember the whole way to Moldova because I was very panicked," says Cristina, 41, who left Ukraine with her 18 and 3.5-year-old daughters. "After crossing the border, volunteers helped us with food and transportation. We are very grateful to the Moldovans,” says Cristina.
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Svetlana Brodetcaia is a customer service manager at the foreign invested enterprise „Premier Energy” LLC. Having over 30 years of experience in energy, she states that gender is not an obstacle to career advancement.
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The 65th Commission on the Status of Women that took place in March had the goal to discuss the effective participation of women in the decision-making processes and the elimination of violence for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.