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Statement by Ms Sima Bahous, UN Women Executive Director for the International Day of the Girl Child
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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.
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The closing conference of the Project "Local Partnerships for women’s empowerment in Cahul and Ungheni districts" brought together beneficiaries of the project from the 12 initiative partner localities, representatives of local public administrations from Cahul and Ungheni districts, Local Initiative Groups representatives, active women, as well as development partners.

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Ten business development projects led by women from the Republic of Moldova have benefited from voucher-type financial support through the project "Support to local women producers in business development, for sustainable growth and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic."
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The Empowering Women in the Workplace, Marketplace and Community Conference will be a unique opportunity for participants to learn about the best international and local practices for promoting the WEPs, the role of governments and international organisations in fostering women’s empowerment and the next generation’s manifesto on gender equality. Participants will also be able to meet Moldova’s WEPs business champions.
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Statement by Sima Bahous, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, for World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2022
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Ageism is an issue of inequality, discrimination, and injustice. Without tackling it, we will not achieve gender equality by 2030. Ageism impacts everyone - young and old. Prejudices surrounding age are widespread and unchallenged - in our attitudes, beliefs, policies, and societies - and create a formidable barrier to young women’s full participation in their communities.
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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.

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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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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.
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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.

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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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23 communities from Cahul and Ungheni developed gender-sensitive strategies and budgets for 2022
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Anastasia Robuleț: Women refugees feel safer here, and I try to offer them all they support need
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UN Women Moldova and Ungheni District Council signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a specialised service for victims of sexual violence

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The UN Secretary-General has called for an immediate ceasefire, de-escalation of tensions and a firm return to diplomacy and dialogue. He has underlined the multiplying humanitarian needs and the steps he is taking to enhance humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine. I urge the international community, as it rallies in support, to keep women and girls at the centre and to ensure that the humanitarian assistance planned and provided is gender-responsive.
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An event dedicated to women producers from Moldova under the theme „Developing business opportunities for women producers” took place today in Chisinau. The event has been organised by UN Women Moldova, in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture, with financial support from Sweden.
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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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Doina Gherman: I am proud that the Republic of Moldova has become the thirty fifth state in the world, which found the courage and sided with all victims of domestic violence
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A mural dedicated to gender equality, illustrating women in different professions considered as designed for men, was painted in Chisinau.