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Alexei Buzu, Program Coordinator, Progen Association - Regulation of political parties activity through gender dimension

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  • 1. Regulation of political parties activity through gender dimension Alexei Buzu Center for Partnership and Development
  • 2. Law on Ensuring equal opportunities between women and men, article. 7, 2
    • The political parties are obliged to contribuite to ensuring equal rights between women and men by:
    • a) Ensuring representation in the parties’ governing bodies of women and men;
    • b) Ensuring representation on the candidates lists of women and men without sex discrimination
  • 3. Gender representation on the lists of candidates running for members of parliament in Moldova Women men
  • 4. Gender losses in the July 29, 2009 parliamentary elections -2,8%. Gender losses Members of parliament (women) Candidates (women) Our Moldova Alliance Democratic party Communist party Liberal Democrats Liberal party Total
  • 5. Mayors elections - 2007 Mayors Candidates (men) 76.5 Mayors (men) 82% Gender losses 5.5% Candidates (women) 23.5 % Mayors (women) 18.0
  • 6. Election of counselors Local councils District (raion) councils Candidates (men) 65.4 Candidates (men) 66.8 Gender losses Women elected 26.5 Women elected 26.5 Candidates (women) Men Elected 73.5% Men elected 86.8%
  • 7. Amounts of gender losses mayors Local councils District (raion) councils
  • 8. Recommendations for improving legislation
    • The Law should clarify the concept of equal opportunities in the decision-making, political and electoral process.
    • ( Recommendation Rec(2003)3 of the Committee of Ministers: In achieving the goal of equal participation of women and men in the political and decision-making process, a minimum participation rate of 40% for each sex is considered as the parity threshold to be attained.
    • The Law should impose additional requirements for parties (at least for those that claim public funds; requirements on positioning in the list; separtate the information on gender basis; internal plans to increase equal opportunities).
  • 9. Recommendations for improving legislation
    • The Law should offer benefits to political parties for balanced gender representation. ( additional funding in accordance to the percentage of representation on the lists, funding for activities designed to improve gender equality )
    • The Law should impose sanctions ( The law should impose sanctions (limiting and cutting the state funding, imposing fines, coercive action )