Making the change: Promoting gender equality in Moldova’s media

Swedish journalists share their experience in promoting gender equality in communications and journalism with local media, students and press officers in Moldova.

Date: Friday, September 29, 2017

Lively sessions were held at the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences of the State University of Moldova. Photo: UN Programme “Women in politics”/ Ramin Mazur
Lively sessions were held at the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences of the State University of Moldova. Photo: UN Programme “Women in politics”/ Ramin Mazur

During a wide-ranging three-day visit to Moldova’s capital, Chisinau, Swedish journalists discussed with over 150 local journalists, students and government communications officers how to apply Sweden's experience in promoting gender equality in journalism, communications and photography.

Titled “Making the change: Sweden's experience in promoting gender equality in media, communications and photography”, their visit was organized by the Association of Independent Press (API) and the UN Women-UNDP Women in Politics (WiP) Programme, funded by the Government of Sweden, which works to increase women’s participation in politics and decision-making and supports media capacity development in Moldova.

A media self-assessment, carried out by UN Women between June 2015 and September 2016 with the participation of 30 media institutions in Moldova, showed that in approximately half of the published articles, the protagonists are men, and the share of women is 2.5 times smaller.

"Women can and must have a better-defined role in our society, and this can be achieved with media participation," said Ilie Bujor, editor-in-chief of local newspaper “Gazeta Satelor”.

Read the full story on UN Women's regional website for Europe and Central Asia