The Ministry of Labour, Social and Family Protection had today a meeting with representatives of civil society, members of the Gender Equality Platform.

The two sides discussed about the process of finalizing and promoting the draft law on amending and supplementing certain legislative acts, in order to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence and ratification of the Istanbul Convention.

Minister Stela Grigoraş, welcomed the members of civil society, considering its involvement in several areas managed by the Ministry of Labour, Social and Family Protection (MLSFP). “I believe in the power of civil society and appreciate it’s added value in promoting social policies. Thus, I want to assure civic activists  cooperation, openness and transparency”, said Minister Grigoraş.

The leadership  of MLSFP reiterated that preventing and combating domestic violence is a top priority of the ministry, stated in the action plan including 100 days. Ministry representatives came up with the initiative to create the working groups, to discuss differences of opinion and to review contradictory formulations identified by stakeholders. In this context, Stela Grigoraş minister concluded: “I support the initiative by adopting concrete, fair and coordinated steps”. The concrete actions of the ministry refer to developing strategic policy document on preventing and combating domestic violence and convening ministerial Coordinating Council on preventing and combating domestic violence, with the participation of civil society.

On the other side, Valentina Bodrug, President of the Gender Equality Platform, said: “The civil society will participate in the promotion of draft laws on preventing and combating violence, and the only way to streamline the plea is ensured by the efforts of the central government, the development partners and civil society “. The members of the Gender Equality Platform sustain a systemic approach, discussing the differences of opinion, reviewing formulations and organizing thematic meetings with all stakeholders who are involved in promoting the legal texts concerned.

We note that in July last year was launched the Gender Equality Platform, intended to reinforce the efforts of all actors campaigning for gender equality. Today’s meeting was attended by Valentina Bodrug, President of the Gender Equality Platform and President of “Gender Center” NGO; Alina Andronache, Vice President of the Gender Equality Platform; Nina Lozinschi Secretary of the Gender Equality Platform; Sorin Mereacre the President of East Europe Foundation; Angelina Zaporijan, the President of the Association “Law Centre for Women”; Antoniţa Fonari, General Secretary of the NGO Council; Alexei Buzu, Executive Director of “Partnership for Development Center”; Elena Burca, President of the Association Against Violence “Casa Mărioarei”.

Source:  www.mmpsf.gov.md

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