Moldovan local public administrations mainstream gender with EU support
March 7, 2023

Moldovan local public administrations mainstream gender with EU support

Public administration is at the heart of government. When public administration is gender-responsive, everyone benefits – policies and programmes meet the needs of both men and women, break down barriers and bring equal opportunities to the fore. As half of every country’s population, women have the right to live free from violence and discrimination; to be educated; to own property; to vote; to earn a fair and equal wage; and be free to live their chosen life.  Gender mainstreaming is the only way to realise these ambitions and make local public administrations truly gender-responsive.

This is why the EU-funded EU4Gender Equality Reform Helpdesk project is helping Moldova to integrate the principles of gender equality in local public administration. Through a series of activities organized by the Reform Helpdesk, local authorities in Moldova are better placed to advance gender equality.

With the Reform Helpdesk’s support, Telita Commune Hall updated its Local Development Strategy 2020–2025 and Plan of Activities for 2023–2025 to integrate the dimension of gender and equal opportunities. Bălți Municipality Hall benefitted from the Reform Helpdesk’s expertise on their local Anti-corruption Plan for 2022–2023.

Other planned activities in aid of local authorities, as set out in the Government of the Republic of Moldova–EU Delegation Joint Engagement Plan, include:

  • Supporting Telita Commune Hall to mainstream gender in social protection and youth policies (gender impact assessment/gender analysis); leveraging the Reform Helpdesk’s gender expertise to strengthen the medium and long-term sectoral Strategy on Tourism Development and the sectoral 5-year Climate Resilience and Environment Strategy, as well as analysing major impacts on the population; and assisting the development of the Investment Attraction Strategy for 2024–2029 by applying a gender lens.
  • Supporting Bălți Municipality Hall to organize and facilitate a seminar on ‘Promoting Gender Equality through Elections’.

Gender mainstreaming will lead to the integration of a gender equality perspective across all actions by local governments. By mainstreaming gender, local public authorities make better decisions, including on policy and spending, remove gender-related barriers, and enable both women and men to participate and benefit from sustainable development. By strengthening local government capacities, the Reform Helpdesk is helping Moldova bring gender equality to the forefront of communities across Moldova.

The EU4GenderEquality: Reform Helpdesk project, funded by the European Union and implemented by Niras, aims to ensure effective and equal results for women and men across Eastern Partnership countries – including Moldova – by expanding the use of gender analysis in decision-making and reforms. Expert support for Moldova’s central and local governments on mainstreaming gender in strategic documents, programmes and plans on institutional development were provided by Angela David and Andrei Petroia of the Reform Helpdesk.

Learn more about EU support for gender equality

EU4GenderEquality Reform Helpdesk

EU4 Gender Equality Reform Helpdesk – factsheetEU4Gender Equality Reform Helpdesk’s support (2021–2022) for Moldova


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