Gender Equality in Defense and Security Area
CHISINAU, December 8, 2011 — The Ministry of Defense develops and promotes gender equality policies and condemns all forms of discrimination against women, Minister of Defense, Vitalie Marinuta, stated Thursday, December 8, at the opening ceremony of a training course on gender equality and non-discrimination in security sector held at the Ministry of Defense.
The training course is held by the OSCE Mission to Moldova, in common with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR). OSCE experts will discuss with 25 Defense Ministry officers from across the country, both women and men, how to encourage women to go into security sector careers.
“Teaching employees to respect and promote women’s non-discrimination principles is very important and useful. I think that, due to this activity, our officers will understand this issue better and will facilitate the implementation of gender equality legislation in their daily activity”, the Minister of Defense stated. Marinuta thanked the OSCE Mission representatives for the support provided in the above area.
Under the OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality, adopted in 2004, OSCE participating States took over the responsibility to engage women in conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation.
“We can’t ensure peace and security if more than half of the population is barely engaged in the process,” said Jan Plešinger, the Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova.
“Women’s engagement in the security and peace building sector is crucial for the success of such efforts. Moldova’s security structures need to open their doors to women more widely.”
The seminar participants will explore how non-discriminatory and gender-sensitive policies can help the armed forces become more effective, discuss the role played by women in all security sector functions and how it can be advanced and strengthened in Moldova, and learn about good practices from the 19 OSCE participating States that have launched Action Plans to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The resolution calls for increasing women’s participation in the security sector, including in conflict prevention and resolution.
40 percent of the National Army public servants are women. As for the military staff, 21 percent of National Army servicemen are women.
The training course on gender equality and women’s inclusion in the security sector is held December 8 and 9 and it is a premiere for Chisinau.