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Equal opportunities without sexism in the Republic of Moldova: combating sexist speech, gender-based discrimination and violence against women

Republic of Moldova 17 December 2021
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Equal opportunities without sexism in the Republic of Moldova: combating sexist speech, gender-based discrimination and violence against women

The NGO Gender-Centru from the Republic of Moldova, as host organization of Platform for Gender Equality, is implementing until April 2022 a project aiming at increasing equal opportunities without sexism in Moldova and raising awareness in the society at large to take a stand to combat sexist speech, gender-based discrimination and violence against women in elections. This project is carried out with the support of the European Union/Council of Europe joint programme Partnership for Good Governance, and its regional project “Strengthening access to justice for victims of discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes in the Eastern Partnership.

The organisation Gender-Centru will:

  1. Strengthen capacities and knowledge of up to 300 women in politics on sexist speech, violence against women in elections and reporting such incidences on the gender.monitor.md;
  2. Develop two types of infographics on 1) sexist speech and online platform gender.monitor.md and 2) on sexist messages, discounts and advertising issued in the framework of International Women’s Day;
  3. Raise social awareness on sexist speech and violence against women in elections in the framework of March Festival;
  4. Raise social awareness on sexist messages and advertising shared by private and public entities in the framework of the International Women’s Day;
  5. Establish a collaboration between Gender Equality Platform and the Council for Prevention and Elimination of Discrimination and Ensuring of Equality (the Council of Equality).

Hate speech is prevalent in the Republic of Moldova and directly contributes to the perpetuation of discrimination on any grounds. Women are one of the most affected groups by hate speech, especially built on sexist attitudes, the use of stereotypes and gender prejudices and clichés related to the social roles of women in society. The activities in the framework of this project aim at raising awareness in the society at large to take a stand to combat sexist speech, gender-based discrimination and violence against women.

This project is one of the six civil society supported by the European Union/Council of Europe regional anti-discrimination project, in Armenia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine aimed at increasing access to justice for groups that experience discrimination, hate speech and hate crime.

This activity is implemented in the framework of the regional project “Strengthening access to justice for victims of discrimination, hate crime and hate speech in the Eastern Partnership,” funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe in their Partnership for Good Governance II 2019-2022.