Moldova Program Overview
Reducing Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment in Moldova is a multi-disciplinary program aimed at building and supporting an alliance of women’s organizations to improve the enabling environment for Moldovan women engaged in economic activity. Launched in October 2020, the program works to strengthen the organizational capacities of women’s business associations (WBAs) and women’s civil society organizations (WCSOs) to represent and provide business development support and other services to Moldovan women and to foster collective action among WBAs and WCSOs to address legal and societal barriers to women’s participation in the economy.
Reducing Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment in Moldova
Women’s organizations in Moldova have the potential to support and represent the interests of Moldovan women, but many organizations lack resources or capacity. WAGE believes if women’s organizations have increased organizational capacity to serve and advocate for the interests of Moldovan women and are better equipped to address legal, regulatory, and societal barriers to women’s economic empowerment – including gender-based violence – through collective action, then these organizations will have greater ability to advance women's participation in the economy, ultimately resulting in Moldovan women leading more resilient, independent, and economically sustainable lives.
WAGE seeks to establish meaningful partnerships with and among government, CSOs, women entrepreneurs and business associations, and the private sector to ensure a holistic approach to addressing the multifaceted problems facing female entrepreneurs in Moldova. By engaging with established entities with proven methodologies that WAGE will work to enhance, WAGE takes a locally relevant and sustainable approach to addressing key development challenges in Moldova. WAGE's partners in Moldova, including the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Policy (CAPE) and the Women’s Law Center, house some of the best experts on gender-related issues and policy advocacy in Moldova.