UN Women and Ministry of Defence sign a cooperation agreement for the next three years

On July 17, 2018, UN Women Moldova (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) and the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Moldova signed a cooperation agreement, aiming to achieve joint results in “Gender Equality in the security and defence sector” area of the Strategy for ensuring equality between women and men in the Republic of Moldova for 2017-2021.

More specifically, UN Women will provide support in the implementation of the National Program on the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security CR for 2018-2021 and its National Action Plan through the following means: capacity development, integrated policy advice, intergovernmental normative support, advocacy and social mobilization, technical assistance for essential services, donor coordination on gender equality.

Asya Varbanova, Acting Head of UN Women Moldova, stated: „In the past three years we have been cooperating with the Ministry of Defence to help implement state commitments on women, peace and security and Security Council Resolution 1325 (SCR1325). With this Memorandum of Understanding, we are consolidating and expanding our fruitful cooperation. UN Women will support the Ministry of Defence to implement the recently adopted National Action Plan on SCR1325 which sets ambitious objectives in advancing the representation and role of women in the security sector and creating gender sensitive and inclusive working environment.”

At the same time, Ministry of Defence will dedicate human and technical resources, will mobilize high-level political support across the Government, will ensure effective coordination with all national stakeholders and development partners, and will apply innovative approach in the joint work.

Vladimir Iliev, State Secretary for development of human resources policies, military education and planning of resources within the Ministry of Defence, noted: “In the context of the National Program of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security for 2018-2021 and its National Action Plan, the Ministry of Defence, together with UN Women Moldova, reaffirms the importance of implementing this Resolution within the National Army. The support offered by UN Women Moldova to the Ministry in this field is appreciated, which is why I express my gratitude on behalf of the ministry's leadership.”

Therefore, through this memorandum, UN Women and the Ministry of Defence will work together on the following objectives of the National Program for the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security for 2018-2021 and its Action Plan:

  • Reducing the stereotypes about the role of women in the security and defence sector
  • Improving the opportunities for women and men from the system to reconcile the professional and family life
  • Preventing and responding to discrimination, harassment, and gender-based violence within the sector
  • Developing an inclusive and pro-active human resources management system
  • Implementing reasonable adjustment and special temporary measures in the security and defence system
  • Developing the institutional capacity for mainstreaming gender in security and defence policies
  • Supporting the participation of women in peacebuilding and peacekeeping missions

The memorandum was signed for a period of three years and may be extended for two more years.

UN Women is a global leader in promoting gender equality and women's and girls' rights. In Moldova, UN Women has three priority areas of activity for the years 2018-2021: promoting women in politics and in decision-making processes, women`s economic empowerment, ending violence against women and girls.