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Elena Crasmari: How a Moldovan woman with disabilities fought for her rights and won an election

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Elena Crasmari’s story is part of a new web series, “25 Women”, produced by  UN Women Europe and Central Asia , as part of the Generation Equality campaign, marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Thirty-five-year-old Elena Crasmari was fed up with not being able to access the medical centre in her home village of Dolna, a rural community of 1,155 people, some 53 kilometres from the Republic of Moldova’s capital city of...

In the words of Liliana Palihovici: “I want to help Moldovan women be better at political work than I was”

Thursday, July 19, 2018

“I faced many challenges in my 10 years of politics: The challenge of being a woman in politics, of not having my ideas and projects understood, of not being supported. I later realized that I could have done much more if I’d been trained beforehand by politically experienced women and men. They could have taught me how to negotiate, how to build an argument, why you need stronger coalitions, how to promote a certain reform or social change. I decided that if I ever had an...

(Video) iZZY iZVNE: “I discovered something unique for myself, something that on one else is doing”

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Inna Jeleascova, or iZZY iZVNE, as she likes to be called, is a remarkable artist, who creates graffiti and, more recently, Gothic calligraphy. She is the only artist from the Republic of Moldova to be included in the 2014 edition of the “100 European graffiti artists” book. iZZY iZVNE, graffiti artist. Photo: UN Women Moldova/Eduard Bîzgu “I am Inna, better known as iZZY iZVNE. I paint graffiti and lately I dedicated myself to calligraphy. In the beginning...

(Video) Natalia Buza: “I am the first woman deputy chief of a Border Police station and I am proud of it”

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Natalia Buza was about to leave the country and build her future somewhere else, but she changed her mind and chose to stay in Moldova and make a career as a border police officer. She was successful in doing so, and became the first woman to hold the position of deputy chief of a Border Police station. Read the last story of the “You know you can”  campaign. Natalia Buza, the first woman deputy chief of a Border Police station. Photo: UN Women Moldova/Eduard...

(Video) Catinca Mardarovici: “Gender equality means equal rights, opportunities and responsibilities for women and men”

Monday, March 26, 2018

Catinca Mardarovici succeeded in changing not only the perception of gender equality in Moldova, but she has also fought for a more correct legislation regarding women’s rights, thus always being sensitive to injustice. Moreover, she is the first woman, since Moldova’s independence, to establish an organization dedicated to promoting women in politics. See the seventh story of the “You know you can!” campaign. Catinca Mardarovici, activist for women’s rights,...

(Video) Maria Acbaș: “If someone could succeed at something, you also can!”

Monday, March 26, 2018

She started her career as a school teacher. But, because of low wages in that field, Maria Acba ș from Comrat, a town in the South of Moldova, decided to make a change and ventured into an activity where everyone looked at her with skepticism. Even though, at the beginning, many didn’t take her seriously, Maria Acbaș is now the founder of a dairy factory and of one of the largest cow farms in the South of the country. Here is the eighth story of the “You know you can!”...

(Video) Svetlana Cojocaru: “I am the first woman director of the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science”

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Svetlana Cojocaru became the first woman director of the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova. She became passionate about mathematics in her school years. Find out bellow the story of our sixth heroine of the “You know you can”  campaign. Svetlana Cojocaru, first woman director of the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science. Photo: UN Women Moldova/ Eduard Bîzgu “I am the director of the Institute of...

(Video) Varvara Duminică: “I am one of the only two Roma women elected as councilors”

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The fifth story of the “You know you can” campaign is the story of Varvara Duminică, one of the first two Roma women to hold a leading position within the local administration. It took a big effort to become a local councilor and she is ready to do more for her home village Chetrosu, in the North of Moldova, to become a prosperous village.  Varvara Duminica defied stereotypes and did not give up, even when she did not have the support she was expecting. She succeeded in...

(Video) Alina Radu: “I always knew that I could do only what I believed in”

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Alina Radu: “I always knew that I could do only what I believed in”

(Video) Ludmila Scalinîi: “The country doesn’t belong only to men, it belongs to men and women”

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

As part of the “You know you can”  campaign we discussed with a woman who made history in the Republic of Moldova and who continues helping people from different regions of the country. Ludmila Scalinîi was member of the first Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, signer of the Declaration of I ndependence and participant of the Women’s Movement in Moldova. Ludmila Scalinîi, member of the first Parliament of the Republic of Moldova. Photo: UN Women...

(Video) Mariana Eșanu-Cherdivara: “I proved that I didn’t win by chance”

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The athlete Mariana Eșanu-Cherdivara, 25 years old, is the protagonist of our third story of the “You know you can” campaign. She is triple European champion, double world champion and the only athlete in women’s wrestling from the Republic of Moldova who participated at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Mariana Eșanu-Cherdivara. Foto: UN Women Moldova/Eduard Bîzgu “I knew that I could reach success and have great results. I am very proud of it. I decided to...

(Video) Mariana Grama: “I broke the stereotypes and became the first woman to be awarded the Colonel military rank”

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The second story of the “You know you can”  campaign is about Mariana Grama, chief of Military Relations J5 Department, Strategic Planning Directorate of the National Army. She is the first woman Colonel in the Ministry of Defense in Moldova. Mariana Grama, the first woman Colonel in the Ministry of Defense in Moldova. Photo: UN Women Moldova/Eduard Bîzgu “I have always known that I can get good results in anything I do. I am a strong woman. I had many...

Women in science: Elena Zubcov

Sunday, February 11, 2018

On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science we had a talk with Elena Zubcov, member of the Academy of Sciences, Head of the Laboratory of Hydrobiology and Ecotoxicology. Elena Zubcov holds a habilitated doctor’s degree in biosciences, she is a research professor, has published over 400 scientific works and holds 7 patents.

In the words of Valentina Bodrug-Lungu: “Viewing women primarily through a maternity and family life perspective limits their social and political activism”

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Valentina Bodrug-Lungu is the vice-president of the Gender Equality Platform in the Republic of Moldova, which is a voluntary association of individuals and organizations that act as a unified voice for the promotion of gender equality in the country. She is also the president and founder of Gender-Centru, a non-governmental organization that carries out projects on gender education, combatting domestic violence and preventing and combating discrimination. She helped develop and promote gender...

Sanja Pejović: “Can we provide security to all if we have only half of the population working in the security sector?

Friday, October 27, 2017

Captain Sanja Pejović is the highest-ranking woman officer in the Armed Forces of Montenegro (AF MNE). She is deputy chief of the Sub-centre for Peacekeeping Operations, and a gender equality coordinator for AF MNE. Captain Pejović was the first woman officer to serve in AF MNE. She serves as a regional gender trainer, training military personnel from all over the world, and has actively participated in regional and international projects on the inclusion of gender perspectives in security...

In the words of Sonja Lokar: “If there are so few women in politics, who will put on the agenda the priorities that affect women’s lives?”

Monday, October 9, 2017

Sonja Lokar is the Executive Director of the Central and Eastern European Network for Gender Issues and has worked with women activists across all social, ethnic, religious and political divides in 21 countries. Lokar recently spoke at the Regional Conference "Parliamentarians for gender equality and women's empowerment," organized by UN Women, UNDP, and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) with the support of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and in partnership with the Government of Sweden.

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