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Reducing Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment in Moldova

The WAGE Moldova initiative was implemented by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and ABA ROLI from 2020-2023.

Overview

The Women and Girls Empowered (WAGE) program's Reducing Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment in Moldova was 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 until 2023, the program worked 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. The WAGE Moldova initiative was led by the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE).

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.

The program's central goals were:

  • To strengthen the organizational capacities of women business associations (WBAs) and women’s empowerment organizations (WCSOs) to represent and provide services to Moldovan women.
  • To foster collective action among WBAs and WCSOs to address legal framework implementation gaps and societal barriers to women's economic empowerment.
Lead Implementors

- American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI)

- Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

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