Ms Ecaterina Mardarovici, Executive Director of the Women’s Political Club 50/50, and member of the Platform for Gender Equality, said that ensuring gender equality is a precondition for the sustainable development of society. Women constitute over 50% of Moldova’s population and are entitled to be present fairly in all levels of government. In her view, respecting this right depends on the MPs. Ms Mardarovici said that, given that 60% of university graduates from Moldova are women, this valuable intellectual capital is not yet explored to its fullest extent, which stalls the process of democratization and reform.
Speaker Andrian Candu came before representatives of civil society and said that the decision to promote women in important positions rests with each party separately, but in this sense they need clear legal provisions that would require parties to promote women in such functions. As to the approval of the legislative project in final reading, Candu denied that there would be resistance from colleagues in Parliament, and that this would happen soon.