The media plays a key role in shaping attitudes and values in society, and it can also help promote positive social norms by addressing the causes of gender-based violence (GBV). Media outlets can participate in risk mitigation by providing essential information to victims, survivors and those who would like to support them.
On 16 November 2022, 46 local public authorities (LPAs) in the Republic of Moldova adhered to the Charter. The event brought together mayors, representatives of Parliament, the European Council of Municipalities and Regions, the Network of the Association of Local Authorities in South-Eastern Europe (NALAS) as well as local and international members of the public.
Over the years, women have changed the world and played a considerable role in accelerating techno-scientific progress through innovation and science. Behind many of the inventions that facilitate our lives today are women. For example, modern medicine has seen significant progress after the one-handed manoeuvrable medical syringe was created. Wireless transmissions, bulletproof vests and solar panels are other important things invented by women that make our existence easier.
Ecaterina Medic is a farmer. For the last 20 years, she has been running an agricultural enterprise and creating jobs for the people from her village Roșcani, in Străseni region. She has planted corn, sunflowers, grape and fruit trees on those 100 hectares of land that she owns.
Sergiu Chilat is a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Alecu Russo State University of Bălți. In addition to teaching, Chilat manages the company Power IT and is the co-founder of the Association for the Development of Electronic Communications and Innovative Technologies (ACETI). His efforts focus on promoting the involvement of girls and women in information technology (IT) and combating stereotypes that girls cannot work in IT as successfully as boys.
A local mechanism for socio-economic inclusion of survivors of domestic violence was developed through the EVA project – Strengthened gender action in Cahul and Ungheni districts, financed by the European Union. The document includes a set of measures and stages for the socio-economic inclusion of women (survivors of violence) and their support through professional training, employment, launching of income-generating activities or the initiation of entrepreneurial activities. The mechanism was tested in 12 localities in Ungheni and Cahul districts, and more than 250 women benefited from support for education, training and employment, in order to become economically independent.
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.
Until recently, there were few women beekeepers in the Republic of Moldova, but there has been a recent buzz in activity. Gradually managing to ‘tame’ the bees and overcome stereotypes, today roughly 8 per cent of the 7,696 apiaries listed in the National Food Safety Agency’s National Register of Beekeepers are kept by women.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.