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Women's Human Rights Work in Moldova
In Moldova, population 3.4 million, the transition to a market economy has had a significant impact on women’s status. Additional economic stresses on families and rapid social transitions have negatively affected perceptions of gender roles. Women in Moldova continue to confront widespread discrimination and other violations of their rights compared to international standards. Domestic violence is widespread and not adequately addressed by healthcare officials or police. The government and civil society are taking measures to address these issues.

In 2006, The Advocates hosted a delegation of government, social service and NGO professionals from Moldova to discuss legal advocacy on domestic violence issues, in particular with regard to their draft law on this issue. They met with Women’s Program staff and volunteers, including Board Chair Aviva Breen and Advisory Committee Member Retired Judge Mary Louise Klas, both of whom have extensive experience on drafting and implementing domestic violence laws. The delegation also met with leaders of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women to learn more about effective domestic violence coalitions. The Advocates also provided Comments on Moldova’s draft law.
Moldova passed a law against domestic violence in 2007; however the law has yet to be enforced, due to a lack of regulations for issuing orders for protection.  The Advocates continues to consult with women's NGOs who are working for implementation of the new law. For more information on Moldova, visit the country page on