UN Women Moldova and Sweden have signed a Cooperation Agreement that will allow the implementation of the Strategic Note for the period 2021-2022

Signing of the Cooperation Agreement between UN Women Moldova and Sweden will allow the implementation of the Strategic Note proposed by UN Women for the period 2021-2022. As part of this cooperation, UN Women will receive financial support from Sweden to advance gender equality, but also to encourage the advancement of living conditions for the most vulnerable parts of the population.

Date: Friday, March 19, 2021

UNW Sweden Agreement

"Patriarchal norms and gender stereotypes are still very persistent in the Republic of Moldova. Violence against women, the fact that they are less involved in political and social life and are predominantly those performing unpaid work, especially in the context of the pandemic, is an issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. This will also be possible by implementing the goals that UN Women Moldova proposed for its cooperation with Sweden through the implementation of the Strategic Note. We're sure this cooperation will enable stronger advance the achievement of gender equality in the Republic of Moldova and will contribute to achieving a fair society", mentioned Dominika Stojanoska, UN Women Moldova Country Representative.

Anna Lyberg, the Ambassador of Sweden to Moldova, said: “By ongoing portfolio of programs in Moldova and strategic cooperation that Sweden has with UN Women and local grass root organizations in the country, we are willing to respond to the growing threats and challenges. The recently signed agreement will ensure the continuation of cooperation in the framework of Strategic Note that gives the needed systemic approach in working on mainstreaming and providing targeted support to local institutions. In the context of joint efforts in ensuring gender equality, I would like to make reference to Sweden’s feminist foreign policy and to reiterate that sustainable peace, security and development can never be achieved if half the world’s population is excluded.”

According to the Strategic Note published by UN Women for the period 2018-2022, equality is not yet a reality in the day-to-day life in the Republic of Moldova. Especially for women. They are one of the groups suffering from multiple exclusion or discrimination. Women are underrepresented in decision-making positionsin the political and public life and have a low employment rate. They perform most of the unpaid work and, mostly, are the primary members of the family who take care of the household chores. At the same time, they also experience high levels of gender-based violence in everyday life.

However, the Republic of Moldova is part of seven of the nine basic international treaties on human rights, including The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against WomenCEDAW. Thus, the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment has three domainsmain impact:

  1. Women lead, participate and benefit equally from the systems of government.
  2. Women achieve a stable income, a decent job and economic independence.
  3. All women and girls live without any form of violence.

These areas will also be addressed by establishing the current cooperation between the Republic of Moldova and Sweden,and in addition, the cooperation will also contribute to strengthening the organizational efficiency of UN Women in the Republic of Moldova. At the same time, the results that UN Women Moldova hopes to achieve through this cooperation is in line with international standards and takes the risks into account. Amongst which the persistence of gender norms and stereotypes that contribute to creating and maintaining discrimination against girls and women. Thus, UN Women aims to achieve four tangible resultsuntil the end of the cooperation:

  1. A democratic, transparent and accountable government that creates effective policies and services for the population of the Republic of Moldova.
  2. Increased access to opportunities and decent work generated by sustainable, inclusive and equitable economic growth.
  3. Sustainable governance of natural resources and developing of resilient responses to climate change and natural disasters.
  4. Quality, gender-sensitive, inclusive, fair and effective educational and medical services.

These results will be achieved by implementing innovative methods of advancing gender equality, including in the context of a world affected by COVID-19. As the pandemic has shown that women are affected more and more disproportionately by gender discrimination during this period, speeding up the activities to be implemented in this cooperation, is very much needed. A goal that UN Women Moldova assumes by achieving the aimed goal with the support of Sweden, the strategic partner for the implementation of the proposed results.

This cooperation is part of the project for implementing the Strategic Notes proposed by UN Women for the period 2016-2022. They include two other strategic cycles: The Strategic Note for 2014-2017 and The Strategic Note for 2018-2022. The proposal for cooperation between Moldova and Sweden isbased on the findings and revisions made during the implementation of the Strategic Note for 2018-2022, which took place between May and August 2020.