The ‘Women 4 Leadership’ project is implemented by the Association "Insitutum Virtutes Civilis" (IVC) and IP CRAION CONTACT-Cahul in partnership with UN Women Moldova (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) and is financed by Sweeden.
UN Women Country Representative in Moldova, Ulziisuren Jamsran, highlighted in her greeting message to the participants of the Women's Leadership Academy: “if you are here together, it means that you are already creating the future” and encouraged them to communicate with each other, share their experiences and seize the opportunity to interact with wonderful facilitators and trainers.
Ulziisuren Jamsran, Country representative UN Women in Moldova. Credit: UN Women Moldova.
The 2019 training session for the new group of women leaders is taking place from the 19th to the 21st of April 2019. The sessions started with the welcome speeches by project partners – UN Women in Moldova, IVC and CONTACT-Cahul, followed by the presentation of objectives of the Women's Leadership Academy, financed by Sweden, and of the experience gathered and achievements made in 2018.
“Hopefully, after these trainings we will have the chance to greet you with: “Hello, Ms. mayor” and “Hello, Ms. councillor” by the end of the year”, said the President of “Institutum Virtutes Civilis” Association, Liliana Palihovici, who also mentioned that 300 women applied for the Women’s Leadership Academy 2019.
Liliana Palihovici, the president of "Insitutum Virtutes Civilis" Association. Credit: UN Women Moldova.
One of the participants in this session of the Women’s Leadership Academy, Elena Rotaru, from Cușmirca village, stated that she will return home with more motivation for putting her plans to action. "The people right in front of us are not just teaching, they are also inspiring us", sais Elena Rotaru.
UN Women’s Program Coordinator – Svetlana Andries, presented the activities of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, meant to “create and strengthen the network of women-leaders of Moldova.” She also specified that more than 3500 women were involved in those activities.
Svetlana Andries, Programme officer UN Women Moldova. Credit: UN Women Moldova.
The agenda of the ‘Women 4 Leadership’ project event includes a training on empowering women to participate in decision-making processes, supported by national and international experts.
The key topics of the training for women leaders include: women’s participation in decision-making; making the decision to run for a public office in the Local Public Administration; personal development and leadership; motivation for participation in elections and in decision-making; the community and local development mechanisms; development of partnerships to promote gender equality; good governance and the integrity of the elected officials; drafting of the mission statement, etc.
The common hope of ‘Women 4 Leadership’ project organisers, partners and participants, expressed at the launching of the 2019 training session, is for this Women's Leadership Academy generation to repeat and even surpass the results achieved by the women leaders of the 2018 generation and for these achievements to bring benefits both to participants and their communities by genuine and equal participation of women in decision-making processes.