Press Release: Sweden commits to further support for gender equality in Moldova in cooperation with UN Women

Date: Friday, February 16, 2018

Alia El-Yassir (left), Acting Regional Director, UN Women Europe and Central Asia and H.E. Signe Burgstaller, Ambassador of Sweden in the Republic of Moldova. Photo: UN Women/Ramin Mazur
Alia El-Yassir (left), Acting Regional Director, UN Women Europe and Central Asia and H.E. Signe Burgstaller, Ambassador of Sweden in the Republic of Moldova. Photo: UN Women/Ramin Mazur

Chisinau, Moldova – The Government of Sweden extended its financial support towards UN Women’s Strategic Note in Moldova for 2018-2020, to continue advancing gender equality and women’s rights in the country. This extended agreement of SEK 25,8 million (equivalent to USD 3,25 million) is Sweden’s second contribution to UN Women’s Strategic Note in Moldova. Together with the initial agreement signed in late 2016, the total reaches USD 5.65 million.

With Sweden’s support and partnership in Moldova, UN Women will continue its innovative work with the government, civil society, media and people of Moldova in advancing gender equality, women’s empowerment, and reducing gender inequalities in its three priority areas:

  • Women lead, participate and benefit equally from governance systems
  • Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy
  • Women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence

Thanks to this support, UN Women will expand and deepen its work in these three areas including advancing gender responsiveness of policies and budgets, strengthening women’s participation in non-traditional domains, addressing unpaid care work, advancing the women, peace and security agenda.

“I want to express our appreciation for the trust that was given by the Government of Sweden to UN Women’s work in Moldova. Gender equality and women's empowerment has been proven to be an accelerator for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. I am confident that the partnership between UN Women and Sweden in the Republic of Moldova will help the country in advancing gender equality and overall Agenda 2030 for the benefit of all and leaving no one behind,” said Alia El-Yassir, Acting Regional Director, UN Women Europe and Central Asia, at the agreement signing ceremony.

Alia El-Yassir (left), Acting Regional Director, UN Women Europe and Central Asia and H.E. Signe Burgstaller, Ambassador of Sweden in the Republic of Moldova at the agreement signing ceremony. Photo: UN Women/Ramin Mazur
Alia El-Yassir), Acting Regional Director, UN Women Europe and Central Asia and H.E. Signe Burgstaller, Ambassador of Sweden in the Republic of Moldova at the agreement signing ceremony. Photo: UN Women/Ramin Mazur

“Sweden believes in the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment, and we pursue it both at home and globally. It is also a top priority for us in our reform support programs in the Republic of Moldova. UN Women is our strategic partner in this area. I’m very happy that by signing today’s Amendment to the Agreement on a long-term support for UN Women in Moldova (2016-2020), we will bring additional resources to this very important work,” noted H.E. Signe Burgstaller, Ambassador of Sweden in the Republic of Moldova.

While Moldova has made important progress in area of gender equality, there is still a lot that remains to be done. Women still face discrimination and inequality in social, economic and political life and their representation in Moldovan politics and decision-making remains below international benchmarks. Currently, women represent 21% of the members of Parliament, 20% of mayors and 25 % of cabinet members. Women from particular groups, such as Romani women and women with disabilities are still virtually excluded from representation in public life. Six out of ten of women experienced psychological, physical or sexual violence from their husband or partner (National Bureau of Statistics, 2011). The nationwide share of women entrepreneurs is only 27.5%, and significantly lower in rural areas (14.9%). About 66% of women’s total working time is made up by unpaid work (4.9 hours a day) while men allocate half the time to unpaid work. (Time-use Survey, National Bureau of Statistics, 2014).

The Government of Sweden has been the main donor in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Republic of Moldova and a long-term partner to UN Women and the government, Parliament, civil society and the UN system in Moldova in advancing gender equality de jure and de facto.

UN Women is operational in Moldova since 2010. Its initiatives empower women throughout Moldova and aim to improve their economic opportunities, their leadership and political participation, and ensure that women and girls live a life free of violence. Working closely with development partners, UN Women supports efforts by the Government, Parliament, civil society, media and communities to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women, in the context of the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

For additional information please contact:

UN Women Moldova: Marina Vatav, marina.vatav@unwomen.org, 069779149

Embassy of Sweden: Cristina Sclifos, cristina.sclifos@gov.se, 079209510