UN Women: Company/ Organization to work with the private sector companies on promoting Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP) in Moldova.

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UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women's rights at the center of all its efforts, the UN Women leads and coordinates the United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. 

Investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth. Women make enormous contributions to economies, whether in businesses, on farms, as entrepreneurs or employees, or by doing unpaid care work at home. At the same time, women remain disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination and exploitation. In the context of economic participation and employment, gender discrimination means women often end up in insecure, low-wage jobs, and constitute a small minority of those in senior positions. It curtails access to economic assets such as land and loans. It limits participation in shaping economic and social policies. In addition, because women perform the bulk of household work, they often have little time left to pursue economic opportunities.

To mobilize the private sector in Moldova to promote gender equality and women’s roles and positions in the economy, in 2015 UN Women launched the WEPs in the country. By entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Organization for Small and Medium Enterprises Development (ODIMM) UN Women contributed to the promotion of WEPs among private sector companies, supported by ODIMM and other stakeholders (National Platform of Women from Moldova, PARE 1+1, Youth businesses, etc.). As a result of joint awareness raising and advocacy initiatives to promote WEPs, 258 companies from different sectors and regions of Moldova acknowledged a proper understanding of gender equality issues.

A survey among private sector players in Moldova, undertaken in 2015-2016, confirmed private companies’ readiness to adopt the WEPs and revealed that the existing good practices on women’s economic empowerment need to be further communicated and promoted. Further consultations between UN Women, the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and other leading agencies reinforce the above findings. Government partners also recognize that women’s inclusion drives development and acknowledge that achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and national economic and development plans requires rapidly moving towards gender equality.

In this respect and in the framework of its Strategic Note, UN Women plans to engage further with the private sector in Moldova in the implementation of the WEPs and in promoting gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community. Following the good practice of other countries in the region on WEPs promotion, and in particular Turkey, UN Women will support establishment of a WEPs Platform in Moldova. The WEPs Platform will coordinate and support private sector’s efforts in realizing their commitment to WEPs and gender equality. The WEPs Platform will have a multi-stakeholder structure, including representatives of businesses, mainly WEPs signatory companies, interested civil society organizations, relevant academia, public institutions and development partners.

UN Women will partner with key development partners on mobilization of business associations and networks for establishment of the Executive Board for the WEPs Platform in Moldova, which will consist of leading private sector companies and institutions who have proven interest and work experience on gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. Specifically, UN Women in Moldova will support members of the WEPs Platform in: i) raising awareness on WEPs, ii) mapping and sharing of good practices on WEPs implementation, and iii) development of knowledge products and tools to guide private sector institutions on WEPs implementation and monitoring in their workplaces and industries etc.

In this context, UN Women intends to subcontract a company/ organization to support: I) the establishment of the WEPs Platform and its Executive Board and ii) the implementation of WEPs in different sectors of the national economy. The work will be carried out in Chisinau and other regions of Moldova.

The objectives of the assignment are:

  1. To provide support for establishment of WEPs Platform in Moldova, including its Executive Board, and facilitate its operations.
  2. To carry out mapping of the current and good practices in advancing gender equality and on WEPs implementation by private sector companies in Moldova.
  3. Mapping of good practices on WEPs implementation by private sector companies in Moldova.
  4. To organize awareness raising and dissemination of good practices on WEPs implementation.
  5. To support companies in: a) assessing their status and progress in applying WEPs, and b) determining their own road map on WEPs implementation.
  6. To advocate for laws and policies that promote gender equality and increase women’s economic participation.

More information about the application process and the documents that has to be submitted can be founded on: http://sc.undp.md/tnddetails2/1793/


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