Civil society calls on women PMs to make common cause to ensure gender equality
The leaders of a number of platforms and civil society organizations and renowned representatives of the NGO sector made an appeal to the women members of Moldova’s Parliament through a letter, calling on them to become the united and courageous voice in favor of gender equality in Moldova, IPN reports.
The letter says that under the Association Agreement with the EU signed in 2014 and under the Millennium Declaration signed in 2000 and the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, Moldova is to ensure gender equality in politics. The level of women representation in Parliament and the Government is now lower than the international average and thus measures to ensure gender equality in politics should be immediately adopted.
“You, as members of Moldova’s Parliament, have the moral obligation to make effort to improve the situation of women in Moldova and to transform gender equality from a political desideratum into daily reality. It is important that the women who are not involved in politics see in you feminine political models that are worth being followed and also see that gender equality does not have political color. Consequently, it is important to join forces and become a common voice in support of the institution of a gender quota as a special temporary measure,” say the signatory of the letter.
The adoption of a clear and common attitude and position by the women MPs concerning the need to institute a gender quota will have as effect the diminution of stereotypes about women in politics and will help strengthen the positive image of the female members of Moldova’s Parliament. “We urge you to ask your male colleagues to immediately adopt the law on the institution of a minimum 40% representation quota for both of the genders,” reads the letter.
The signatories consider the women MPs can represent the catalyst for the political will if they promote the adoption of special temporary measures for ensuring the de facto equality in the elective administrative bodies of the state. “Without your vote, the new Government cannot be invested and other normative and policy documents that are as important for the democratic development of Moldova cannot be adopted,” says the letter addressed to the women MPs.
The letter was signed by the head of the Platform for Gender Equality and of “Gender-Centru” Valentina Bodrug-Lungu; deputy head of the Platform for Gender Equality Victoria Apostol; head of the NGO Council and director of the Women’s Political Club 50/50 Catinca Mardarovich; deputy head of the NGO Council and program coordinator at PAS Center Ghenadie Turcanu; secretary general of the NGO Council and a member of the Platform for Gender Equality Antonita Fonari; development, monitoring and evaluation director of East Europe Foundation Andrei Brighidin; secretary general of the Platform for Gender Equality Nina Lozinschi; CReDO director Sergiu Ostaf; secretary general of the Anticorruption Alliance Olga Bitca; executive director of the Partnership for Development Center Alexei Buzu; gender expert and a member of the Platform for Gender Equality Olga Nicolenco; Promo-LEX jurist and a member of the Bureau of the Platform for Gender Equality Lilia Poting; coordinator of the Youth for the Right to Life Association Tatiana Chebac; executive director of the Association of Independent Press Petru Macovei; politologist and a member of the Bureau of the Platform for Gender Equality Alina Andronache; legal consultant at the Legal Resources Center of Moldova Sorina Macrinich; director of the Equality and Civic Engagement Program of the Soros Foundation Moldova Elena Lesanu; executive director of the Center “Memoria” Ludmila Popovich; legal assistant at the Legal Resources Center of Moldova Ilie Chirtoaca; project coordinator at the Partnership for Development Center Cristian Ciobanu.