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Gender equality discussed at an international scientific-practical online conference

CHISINAU, October 28, 2020 - Ministry of Defense and Military Academy of the Armed Forces "Alexandru cel Bun", in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women`s Empowerment (UN Women), Platform for Equality of Gender in the Republic of Moldova and the NATO Information and Documentation Center of the Republic of Moldova, held on October 28-30, the International Scientific-Practical Conference "Agenda ,Women, Peace and Security: ensuring human security, promoting sustainable peace and preventing conflicts".

The online event is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

Present at the inauguration of the conference, the Minister of Defense Alexandru Pinzari appreciated the organization of such an international event, through which the participants have the opportunity to discuss the role of implementing Resolution 1325 and the main achievements in the field.

"The Ministry of Defense places major emphasis on human resources. In the defense institution, women and men represent a single team, a strong force that directs its efforts for a common future, with equal opportunities in society, regardless of the fields of activity. Currently, we have about 20% women in the National Army. Their participation in international peacekeeping missions, in peace negotiation processes and in mediating military conflicts is one of the priorities of the defense institution in the context of implementing the "Women, Peace and Security Agenda". So far, we have 10 women who have participated in peacekeeping missions, which proves that we are on the right track in fulfilling our commitments under Resolution 1325, "said Alexandru Pinzari.

In turn, Dima Al-Khatib, UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Moldova, said: "The Ministry of Defense has succeeded in integrating gender equality into its institutional policies, standards and practices, strengthening gender capacities, building a sensitive culture gender among its employees and has achieved a visible transformation towards an institution that appreciates gender equality, does not tolerate gender-based discrimination and is free from gender-based violence".

"UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security linked gender equality to the maintenance of international peace and security and recognized for the first time the participation of women as a key solution in conflict resolution and peace support. This resolution confirmed that, for the most part, conflicts are not gender neutral; its four pillars - participation, prevention, promotion, help and recovery, demonstrate the absolute need for women to participate in decision-making processes, as they have a strong role in preventing and managing conflict and violence, "said Dominika Stojanovska , country representative of the UN Women organization in the Republic of Moldova. The online discussions are attended by representatives of international organizations, diplomatic missions, the government sector, central and local public administration, security and defense institutions, academia, civil society, both in the Republic of Moldova and abroad.

The conference includes five workshops in which topics related to gender mainstreaming, ensuring and promoting gender equality and equity, preventing and combating discrimination, gender-based violence are addressed.

We remind you that the Republic of Moldova approved the National Program for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security for the years 2018-2021 and the Action Plan on its implementation on March 28, 2018, by Government Decision no. 259/2018.


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