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Alina Andronache: Vlogging for gender equality in the Republic of Moldova

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Alina Andronache, an activist and vlogger for gender equality, remembers what started her on the path to a life of activism. Although she was raised in a family where her parents believed in gender equality and gave her the same education as her brother, as Alina grew up she began to understand that society had a different point of view on the matter. “From a young age I noticed that there were many stereotypes regarding how boys and girls should look and how they should behave,”...

Photo Essay: Moldovan woman councillor challenges gender stereotypes in school "Boys may crochet and girls may do wood work, if this is what they want to do"

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Svetlana Mantea is a local councillor and history teacher in Cobâlea, Șoldănești, a village of about 2000 inhabitants, located 120 kilometers north of Moldova`s capital, Chisinau. Feeling empowered, having participated in a UN Women-supported National Mentorship Programme for Women Councillors called  Inspir-o!,  Mantea was promoted to School Director. She soon started working with students, teachers and parents to challenge gender stereotypes in education, opening up new...

Putting laws into action, police officers respond to violence against women in Moldova

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Victor Zglavoci, chief police officer in Colibasi, Cahul. Photo: UN Women/Ramin Mazur Victor Zglavoci is the Chief of Police in Colibasi, a village about 100 Km south of Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, overseeing ten other villages in the region. Zglavoci takes pride in his work, and even with a lower staff capacity, he is convinced that each of his officers is dedicated to ensuring the safety of the community. “One night we received a distress call from the deputy chief of the...

From where I stand - Maia Taran

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Just seeing how he opened the door and threw his boots up in the air, I knew how the rest of the night was going to be like. I hated everyone; I trusted no one. I tried to kill myself three times. My daughter Ana, who was in the third grade asked me, ‘do you think that we are going to be better off if you die?’

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