Strengthening Roma women's political participation
Roma women and girls represent one of the most disadvantaged groups in the Republic of Moldova. Their exclusion is caused by a number of gender, class and ethnicity based discriminatory factors that influence access to education, labour market, health and social protection systems - as well as opportunities to participate in civic and political life. These deep-rooted challenges cut across social, economic and political dimensions of development, and require a joined-up response
In the framework of the long-term partnership with the Central Elections Commission of the Republic of Moldova aiming at strengthening the elections systems and processes, UNDP implements a comprehensive package to advance participatory democracy and citizen engagement in decision-making. Starting in 2018, a holistic civic education campaign reached over 349,188 people, including young people, women from vulnerable groups and ethno-linguistic minorities. Over 11,094 Roma, including 6,350 women, were engaged in various activities to learn about democratic elections principles, and as a result, many Roma local activists decided to run for office. The record number of six men and six women representing Roma community were elected in 2019 as local councilors across the country. This work builds on integrated UN support to Moldova started in 2017 through a 2030 Agenda Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS) engagement, which highlighted that addressing these human rights issues would not only improve Roma women’s life but also contribute to social and economic development overall in the country.