The Moldovan delegation at an international conference dedicated to economic development and gender equality, held on 12-15 May 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden, met in Chisinau with H.E. Mrs Ingrid Tersman, Ambassador of Sweden in Moldova, to discuss their impressions and the results expected after the event. The the meeting with the Swedish diplomat was attended by Nina Costiuc, mayor of Budeşti, Natia Cherkezishvili and Veaceslav Balan from the Moldovan office of UN Women, Alexei Buzu, executive director of the "Partnership for Development" Center, and Victoria Cujba, the head of the Decentralization Policy Division of the State Chancellery.
The participants in the discussion reiterated the importance of empowering women in ensuring economic growth in our country, given the larger share of women in the total population. They also highlighted some challenges faced by local authorities in the integration of the Human Rights and Gender Equality aspect, especially in building women's capacities to contribute to the economic development of the Republic of Moldova.
At the same time, members of the Moldovan delegation noted the high quality of the studies presented at the conference in Stockholm, and reaffirmed the need for new approaches in developing public policies focused on economic component. This is because the experience of the economically developed states demonstrates a direct link between sustainable growth and ensuring gender equality.
Participants pledged to promote initiatives to raise the awareness of Moldovan decision makers on this subject, and Ambassador Tersman reconfirmed her full a to support and promote bold initiatives that could lead to the involvement of women in decision-making and could provide adequate conditions for their employment.
The Ambassador invited the team to a friendly discussion and set the tone for a collegial meeting, which could grow into a platform for discussion and development of initiatives aimed at enhancing women's potential in order to ensure economic growth of the country.